Like walking, the first words uttered by a child is the milestone that every parent waits with bated breath and never forget the boundless joy when reached. But owning to various reasons, the child may be coping with a speech delay problem. The problem first needs to be confirmed by various child specialists. Apart from medical help and speech therapy (if required), there are several measures that can be taken at home to help kids with speech delays. Some of them are mentioned below:-
Regular Adherence To Professional Assistance
The delay in the child’s speech development may be a genuine medical issue which may require treatment from one or more experts like a speech pathologist, audiologist, pediatrician or even a psychologist. Effective treatment entails regular visits for a couple of months or more. Parents need to ensure that none of the sessions are missed and any instructions given to carry out or practiced with the child must be diligently executed.
Communicate As Much As Possible With The Child
Try speaking to the child in clear and correct language. Babbling or gargled language should be avoided as they delay the speech recognition. If multi-lingual languages are spoken in the house, try speaking to the child in the core language. The same should be spoken in front of him. Hearing multiple language makes a child confused and often he becomes silent leading to speech delays. When simple chores like dressing is done, try speaking about the activities or materials used and encourage the child to respond back. You can try teaching him sign language as well since it has been proven as an effective technique to help a child overcome language delay problems.
Music strikes the right chord with all and a child is naturally attuned to music. Singing nursery rhymes for the child or having the music system play them in the house encourages the child to sing along and pick up the words.
Read To The Child
Reading age appropriate stories helps the child to concentrate and pick up the language. Your stories should have repetitive words for the child to grasp them and add to his vocabulary. Add variation to it by turning it into a story telling session. While story-telling, introduce a lot of drama in the narration and encourage the child to mimic along with you.This would naturally stimulate the speech delayed child to repeat words, phrases and sentences after you.
Use Plenty Of Flashcards And Pictures
Talking about pictures like picture of a park, zoo, family etc. captures the child’s interest as he can relate to them. Showing him flashcards of everyday items, speaking about them and playing creative games with them not only aids in speech therapy but also fulfills the play requirements of the child.
Speech Development In A Child comes about by the right combination and balance of nature and nurture. While genetic disorders may be challenging or impossible to overcome, speech defects and delays due to other attributes can be eliminated with proper care and a speech inducing environment.