The speech therapist is a specialist who can help recognize and overcome difficulties and hitches in learning and using language. That’s when his intervention is needed.
When to take your child to the speech therapist
L’learning the language it is a process natural. However, in some cases they can occur difficulty related to comprehension and atverbal expression. How to understand if it is appropriate to bring the child to a speech therapist? We asked the Dr. Anna La Guzza of the Amamente Center, who answered our questions together with the speech therapists of the Center, doctor Barbara Villa, female doctor Giulia Fusari, female doctor Alice Bartorelli.
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Children’s speech therapy visit: what it is
“Not always learning the language it is for the child a simple and unobstructed path: they can often occur difficulty, delays or hitches which can only be solved with a speech therapy intervention. Specialists can help to recognize it’s at overcome these difficulties with the help of specifications strategies. The speech therapist, in multidisciplinary team, it can also intervene in disorders neuropsychological, such as specific disorders of learning, attention deficit or other difficulties neuropsychological“.
Speech therapist for children: what does this professional do?
“Speech therapy is there branch of medicine which deals with studying the language and its possible problems. However, the speech therapist he is not a doctor, but one specialist able to act on the difficulties related to language, to communication, to word and to voice. The speech therapist acts as a bridge, providing a educators is teachers information clinics, tools practices and strategies to allow the child to face and overcome the difficulties he encounters inlearning and in communication, valuing his own strengths. In this regard, the speech therapist can produce one report without diagnostic purposes but exclusively evaluative. Thanks to the collaboration with figures qualified for the diagnosis of speech disorders (child psychologist and neuropsychiatrist), it is possible to undertake a path of neuropsychological evaluation, which could produce a certification valid for school “.
When should a child be taken to the speech therapist?
“The learning of the language it is a very process subjective. The guidelines tell us that a child of two years should know how to pronounce from 100 to 200 words about, as well as a few simple sentences. If the little one pronounces less than 50 words a is recommended control to intercept any difficulties early. Generally speaking, we can say that many “late talker” children they recover spontaneously, placing itself between three and four years on the average for verbal skills. A small part of them, on the other hand, need a outside help, without which language delay and consequent could develop speech disorder (which will be possible to determine exactly around 3-4 years of age). A early intervention it can, in some cases, serve to prevent future difficulties that would otherwise be recognized too late, when the child is now attending the first grade and may begin to experience problems with the reading and the writing, or difficulty relational ed emotional“.
How long does a speech therapy cycle last? And how much is it?
“It is not possible to know the duration of a speech therapy course, because It depends from various factors: adherence to treatment, availability of parents to to sustain progress of the child, environment favorable, kind of diagnosis and presence or absence of emotional factors or behavioral that could support or hinder the child’s development. Generally the commitment varies from ten sessions to more years of treatment, up to two or three. The needs of children also change over time so the treatment will follow i progress is will adapt growth objectives in time. The fare generally varies from 50 to 70 euros per hour, depending on the type of intervention “.
When to worry if a child does not speak?
“It is important that the newborn it starts vocalize from the second-third month, entering into a relationship in its own way with the adult and with the sounds produced by the latter. You can expect thecommunicative intentionality and the laugh come on 3 months, the answer to first name come on 6 months, the first gestures how to do “bye bye” and indicate come on 7-8 months, always leaving the child time to explore objects and food with his mouth and hands (without abusing the pacifier he was born in baby bottle which would be better to suspend by i two years), making sure of the correct alignment of the former teeth and the mobility of the tongue. So the first words from the year, in a quick elaboration of expressive and receptive skills. It is good for the parent to know these stages and how to support their acquisition, to prevent or minimize future difficulties “.
Speech therapy for 2-year-olds
“Children of two years in need of general support do not yet utter a number enough of words, they often turn out disappointed and they do struggles to express themselves. We help parents to physically place themselves on their level, to communicate in clear way and not hasty, to favor the gestural prerequisites, the shifts, the symbolic game. At this stage the goals are mainly psychomotor, suitable for throwing the basics of communication. Through the approach psychomotor in a short time there is a fast acquisition of new words and new ways of communicating “.