Cleft lips and cleft palates affect roughly 1 in 700 newborns in Ireland, or roughly 92 a year. Understandably, clefts can have an impact on a person’s ability to speak, so this blog will look at how speech therapy can help overcome these issues.
Complications with speech may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we think of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), but the reality is it can have a major effect. Fortunately, speech therapy can help children with ADHD overcome the challenges they face, improving their expression, comprehension, and social skills.
Apraxia is a speech disorder which makes it difficult for a person to speak in a manner which is formed correctly and consistent. This may be a developmental problem or caused by some damage to the part of the brain responsible for speech. This disorder ranges from mild to severe depending on the individual.
Mumbling may not be a serious medical condition, but it can still have serious effects. Fortunately, because it is not a serious problem, mumbling is something most people can address by using the tips outlined below.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it difficult for people to read and write. While it has been known to run in families, the exact causes of dyslexia are not yet certain, and it is believed that environmental factors may also play a role.
Stuttering is when a person involuntarily repeats or struggles to make a particular sound when speaking. Although research into the causes of stutters is ongoing, scientists have identified several possible causes. It appears that stuttering could be related to speech-motor control, which also means that stutters often run in the family.
Traditionally, children develop their social skills by observing their family and those around them. They listen and pick up words, turns of phrase and social etiquette from their daily interactions. Regular exposure to different social situations allows children to develop a bank of conversational behaviours to draw upon.
Lisping can be a cause of concern for many parents, who worry that their child may be bullied or may grow up keeping the lisp if it isn’t addressed early. This is an understandable reaction for a parent to have to any issue, but is lisping really a cause for concern, or is it something that will go away with time?
Blowing bubbles is a fun activity for both parents and kids alike, but it may come as a surprise that it is also a popular pastime of speech-language therapists too. While it may appear to be completely unrelated to SLT, blowing bubbles can actually have a wide variety of benefits patients who have conditions such as autism
Parents want the best for their young children and naturally want to ensure that the choices they make now will benefit them as they grow up. With that in mind, many parents have asked the question in recent years - does the traditional practice of giving pacifiers and sippy cups to children in fact contribute to a delay in the normal development of their speech and language skills?
For most of us, idioms are something we pick up naturally as we go through life, but for others, it can be a struggle to understand these seemingly random strings of words.
Lots of parents worry that their child is not developing at the same rate as other children around them. Talking is one of the most common causes of this worry, as learning to talk is generally regarded as one of the most fundamental aspects of a child's development.
Huntington's Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterised by the gradual degeneration or death of neurons in the brain. It affects people both mentally and physically, with motor control and cognitive ability both gradually weakening over time.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder in which nerve cells in the brain begin to either break down or die. The exact causes of Parkinson’s disease are not yet known. While both genetic and environmental factors have both been observed to play a role, no specific cause has been identified.
Aphasia is a condition that makes it difficult for the sufferer to communicate. Aphasia affects oral communication, both speaking and comprehension, as well as written communication, both reading and writing. In this article, we will look at the causes, symptoms, and various types of aphasia.
Speech therapy may not be the first thing people think of when they hear about autism, but it is an extremely beneficial treatment for autistic children. Other than the obvious benefits of improved communication, speech therapy can help autistic children better interact with others, build relationships, and integrate into society.
Most people with a lisp have issues pronouncing an "S" or "Z" sound. This is known as a Lateral Lisp. It is important to contact a speech and language therapist to get proper help for your lisp problem, however there are a few exercises you can do at home to get started.
It’s always great to have activities that can be incorporated with the time of the year. So, here are some great Autumn speech therapy activities that we have put together that you can do with your child to improve his/her speech and language skills.
Most people tend to believe that a lisp is a speech condition where a person’s “s” and “z” tend to be substituted in their speech, resulting in distorted conversation. While this is true to a certain extent, lisping impediments are much more complicated than most people think.
Speech Therapy can improve communication making it possible for people with Asperger’s to form relationships and function in day-to-day life.