Speech, language and communication skills are important components of a child’s development. When a child is growing up, their speech and language abilities give them access to the world and people around them. They learn to communicate effectively with others and shape their thoughts and feelings with the appropriate words, phrases or sentences. Studies have also shown that children who have good language and communication abilities perform better at school.
Some children, however, face challenges in their speech, language and/or communication, where they may experience unclear speech sounds, impaired language development or even feeding difficulties. Contributing factors could include hearing loss, cognitive or developmental deficits or brain injury.
Types of disorders include:
Speech-Language Therapy (or Speech Therapy) is the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of such communication and feeding difficulties. It is highly recommended that intervention should start as soon as the child is diagnosed for better and more lasting improvements.
Speech-Language Therapy can help children to:
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