A key component of speech-language intervention is learning and implementing strategies at home to ensure carry-over and communicative success for your child across multiple environments. A part of our job as speech-language pathologists is to provide caregivers with the knowledge and strategies they need to best support their children.
At Ocean Beach Speech, we believe that YOU, as the caregiver, play the most impactful role in helping your child reach his/her communication goals. While we may be lucky enough to spend 30 to 60 minutes per week with your child, nothing rivals the quality time that many caregivers have at home with their children.
We have provided some examples of five common misunderstandings in speech and language education, and what you can do instead!
A speech sound disorder means difficulty with or a delay in speech development. There are different types of speech sound disorders, so you may hear any of the following: speech disorder, articulation disorder, speech delay, phonological disorder, childhood apraxia of speech, or speech impairment. These do not all mean the same thing, but they are all referring to a speech sound disorder.
Speech sound disorders are very common and, in most cases, there is no known cause – it is highly unlikely that anything you, your child, or another family member did (or didn’t do) contributed to your child’s speech sound development. Speech sound disorders are not due to your busy work schedule, your child being lazy, your parenting style, or their sibling who has a habit of speaking for them. Most babies and toddlers (about 90%) have an innate ability to start talking and producing speech sounds without any help. For the remaining 10%, explicit instruction using evidence-based techniques from a speech-language pathologist can help your child meet their communication milestones.