Speech impairment in children can be challenging for the child as much as it can be frustrating for you as a parent sometimes. Not being able to see the exact level of growth in your child as in other kids, can sometimes put you in a rather dark place. It is important though to understand that comparison is not the cure or the way out and that your child has their own set of talents that can be nurtured through good parenting. Here are some great tips to help you and your little one out.
Children with speech impairment can love books too
Rather than spending time thinking about why your child has a speech impairment give them a gift that will help them go places in life and also come in handy as they grow up – the love of books. A child that reads is a child that develops soundly even though one aspect of their cognitive abilities may be a little slower.
Children with speech and language problems may have trouble sharing their thoughts with words or gestures. They may also have a hard time saying words clearly and understanding spoken or written language. Reading to your child and having their name on objects or in a book or reading aloud to you, can strengthen their speech and language skills.
Overcoming speech impairment by reading together
Each time you read to your child, you are helping their brain to develop. So read to your child every day. Choose books that you think your child will enjoy and will be fun for you to read at the same time.
Since younger children have short attention spans, try reading for a few minutes at a time at first. Then build up the time you read together.
Let them enjoy this and think of it as something fun that they get to do with you!!!
Here are some things you can try:
- Read the same story again and again. The repetition will help them learn language.
- Choose books with rhymes or songs. Clap along to the rhythm and help your child clap along. As your child develops, ask them to fill in words. For example, “Mary had a little …….?”
- Point to pictures and talk about them. Then ask your child to say the name of whatever object is in the picture.
- Talk about events in your child’s life that relate to the story. For example, “Jane loves pudding!!! You do too right?”
- Ask your child questions about the story. For example, “What do you think happened to the little mouse?”