Common Speech Problem in Toddlers
According to a research done, the count of speech problem in toddlers accounts for 15%, which means nearly every second toddler in a 100 has one or the other kind speech issue. To get the corrective treatment plan, it is important that you first understand the nature of the speech problem.
Common speech problem in toddlers include: –
- Articulation Disorder in this disorder, toddlers have problems making some type of sounds.
- Apraxia of Speech is a communication disorder in which toddlers speak incorrectly due to wrong signals sent by the brain to the muscle.
- Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is a speech, intellectual and language disorder and the common symptoms of it are repetitions of words, speech difficulties, and cluttered speech.
- Stuttering in this disorder, toddlers repeat words, make long sounds while speaking, pauses or hesitation while speaking.
- Language Disorders can be classified into 3 types namely Expressive Language Disorder (ELD), Receptive Language Disorder (RLD) and Expressive-Receptive Language Disorder (ERLD). In ELD, toddlers can make sounds but they fail to make sentences whereas children with RLD have difficulty in understanding writing language. Children suffering from ERLD shows mixed symptoms of ELD and RLD.
Cause of Speech Problem in Toddlers
There are various causes of speech problem in toddlers, few of them are: –
- Vocal Cord Damage
- Brain Damage
- Muscle Weakness
- Vocal Cords
- Vocal Cord Paralysis
What Can Be Done to Correct Speech Problem in Toddlers?
Although there are no clear answers to what leads to speech problem in toddlers but there are few ways corrective measure that can be taken by parents to help lessen the problem:
- Do not stress your child – Speech disorders like shuttering can be because of emotional stress so avoid forcing your toddler to correct speech imperfections.
- Best way to avoid speech problem in toddlers is to read to them often so that they understand the words and their meanings
- Sit Together and spend time with your kids to improve speech disorder. When toddlers participate in conversation, chances are their disorder gets corrected
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