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Coping with Speech Development Delays and Disorders in Public School Settings

Speech Development Delays and Disorders In
School Age  Children:  What Parents Need to Know


     One of the most important concerns a parent must have as a child develops is his or her speech patterns.  As parents we tend to find our children's omission of r's or mispronounced b's adorable when in fact these speech problems can be early signs of speech impediments that have a profound effect on learning. 

     As your child enters the public education system, the expectations of growth, learning and development are well defined.  A child that has difficulty in pronunciation is more than likely going to have difficulty repeating and identifying sounds in their new educational settings.  Whether your child's delays in speech development are normal and age appropriate, or indicative of true speech development problems can only be diagnosed by your pediatrician or a speech therapist.  Under no circumstances should a child's  delay in speech development be ignored.  Most public schools systems have provisions in place to provide professional speech therapy to their students.  If you suspect your child has a speech impediment talk to your child's teacher about how they perceive your child's difficulties, and don't hesitate to ask for help.

     The links on this page are designed to help you educate yourself on speech development disorders, and treatment options. 



LD Online:  Types of LD                        
Developmental Speech and Language Disorders

Speech and language problems are often the earliest indicators of a learning disability. People with developmental speech and language disorders have difficulty producing speech sounds, using spoken language to communicate, or understanding what other people say. Depending on the problem, the specific diagnosis may be:


Developmental articulation disorder


Developmental expressive language disorder


Developmental receptive language disorder

. Developmental Articulation Disorder
Children with this disorder may have trouble controlling their rate of speech. Or they may lag behind playmates in learning to make speech sounds. Developmental articulation disorders are common. They appear in at least 10 percent of children younger than age 8. Fortunately, articulation disorders are often outgrown or successfully treated with speech therapy.

. Developmental Expressive Language Disorder
Some children with language impairments have problems expressing them selves in speech. Their disorder is called, therefore, a developmental expressive language disorder. This disorder can take many forms. For example, a 4-year-old who speaks only in two-word phrases and a 6-year-old who can't answer simple questions have an expressive language disorder.

. Developmental Receptive Language Disorder
Some people have trouble understanding certain aspects of speech. There's a toddler who doesn't respond to his name, a preschooler who hands you a bell when you asked for a ball, or a worker who consistently can't follow simple directions. Their hearing is fine, but they can't make sense of certain sounds, words, or sentences they hear. They may even seem inattentive. These people have a receptive language disorder. Because using and understanding speech are strongly related, many people with receptive language disorders also have an expressive language disability. [Of course, in preschoolers, some misuse of sounds, words, or grammar is a normal part of learning to speak. It's only when these problems persist that there is any cause for concern.]



Learning Disabilities

Attention Deficit

LD Assessment
Non-Verbal LD
Speech Development
Help for parents of children with (and without) speech and language disorders.  
What Causes Delayed Speech or Language?
Speech Delay

Speech Development Norms

American Speech Language Hearing Association:  
 FAQ- Helping Children with Communication Disorders in the Schools ...
Frequently Asked Questions About Apraxia of Speech 
Understanding Speech Disorders









































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