Speech disorders like stutters are a common problem that can make communication challenging and often embarrassing. If you or your child has symptoms of a speech disorder, the expert speech-language therapists at Celebrations Speech Group in Brentwood, Stockton, and Elk Grove, California, can help, even when other approaches are unsuccessful. Call Celebrations Speech Group to find out more or book an appointment online today.
Speech disorders are conditions that make it hard for you or your child to make the sounds you need when communicating verbally. It can make children feel isolated and frustrated because they have difficulty getting people to understand what they say.
Speech disorders aren't the same as language disorders. A language disorder is a problem a child has with getting people to understand what they mean when they talk (expressive language disorders) or following the information someone is giving them (receptive language disorders).
Speech disorders can develop as a result of a developmental problem, or they might arise for no identifiable cause.
There are several different types of speech disorders, including:
Disfluencies make you or your child say a particular phrase, word, or sound repeatedly. Stuttering is the most well-known type of disfluency. It can develop because of genetic abnormalities, brain trauma or infection, or due to emotional stress.
These problems mean your child can't make all the sounds they need to, or they leave sounds off sometimes. They can develop because of the shape of the bones and tissues in your child's mouth - having a cleft palate for example can cause articulation and phonological disorders.
Tooth problems can also make it challenging to produce the right sounds. Nerve and brain damage, as is seen in children with cerebral palsy and hearing loss, can also cause these types of speech disorders.
To produce sounds when you talk air has to pass from your lungs, through your vocal cords, up into your throat, nose, and mouth, and then through your lips. Voice disorders develop when something interferes with this flow of air, such as:
Other types of speech problems include a hoarse or raspy voice, a voice that's breaking or where the pitch suddenly changes, having too soft or too loud a voice, and running out of air before you finish a sentence.
In many cases, children outgrow mild speech disorders over time. On the other hand, early intervention when your child has a speech disorder is likely to produce better outcomes. You can discuss your child's treatment needs with the expert team at Celebrations Speech Group.
It's important to identify any underlying cause of a speech disorder, as treating the condition could resolve the speech problem. The treatment required depends on the cause of your child's speech disorder and how severe it is.
Speech therapy can even help with severe disorders and conditions that aren't improving using other methods. Your child's speech-language therapist at Celebrations Speech Group can teach your child different ways to make sounds to overcome their problems.
For expert speech disorder therapy, call their office to find out more or book an appointment online today.