Concerns regarding speech sounds, using words and language or the quality of voice? Don't wait and hope your child will outgrow it. Early spoken language disorders can result in problems with reading, writing, and learning. They also may lead to problems with social skills, like making friends. The earlier you get help for your child, the better. Don’t wait if an adult is experiencing these difficulties either. Adults who have concerns regarding speech and language, social and pragmatic language or the impact of hearing loss may also improve more quickly by getting help early.Speech Sound disorders
Most children make some mistakes as they learn to say new words. A speech sound disorder occurs when mistakes continue past a certain age. Every sound has a different range of ages when the child should make the sound correctly. Speech sound disorders include problems with articulation (making sounds) and phonological processes (sound patterns). Developmental Speech Chart
• What words mean (e.g., "star" can refer to a bright object in the night sky or a celebrity), recalling words, using the correct words.
• How to make new words (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly)
• How to put words together into phrases and sentences
An individual may say words clearly and use long, complex sentences with correct grammar, but still have a communication problem - if he or she has not mastered the rules for social language known as pragmatics. Adults may also have difficulty with pragmatics, for example, as a result of a brain injury or stroke. Individuals may display a social Language disorder if they experience attention difficulties. Many children who experience social language disorders benefit from therapy and/or joining a social language therapy group.
An individual with pragmatic problems may:
• say inappropriate or unrelated things during conversations
• tell stories in a disorganized way, or not take turns in conversation
• have little variety in language use and repeat words over and over
• experience "Selective Mutism" -- a strong reluctance, refusal or inability to talk in some or all settings
Signs of a Voice Disorder:
• raspy, hoarse or breathy voice
• nasal-sounding voice