Speech therapy is treatment that can help your child if he has problems with speaking, thinking, or other language skills.
Speech therapy may be used to help children who:
The earlier speech therapy is started the better. Children who start therapy before age 3 usually improve faster and do better than children who start at an older age.
Your child's speech therapist may be at a hospital, clinic, or even at your child's school. A speech therapist will test your child and find out the speech and language skills that your child needs to work on. Depending on what the problem is and how bad it is, treatments may include:
Speech therapists also work closely with you and other family members who help care for your child.
The therapist may work one-on-one with your child or in a small group. During therapy your child may do a variety of fun activities.
How often your child has therapy depends on the speech problem. Your child may have therapy 1 or more times a week at first. Later your child may not need to go as often and will just need to practice at home.
Overcoming speech and language problems takes time and patience. Helping your child at home is very important. Work with your child’s speech therapist to learn the different skills and exercises your child needs to practice. Read to your child. Hearing you read you will help your child.