speech therapy 4 results

How do I make the most of my child’s therapy sessions?

Q. My four-year-old daughter just started receiving private weekly speech therapy to address some articulation issues. Our weekly co-pay is expensive and a bit of a financial investment for us, so I want to make sure that my husband and I are doing all we can to make the most of her sessions. What are some ways that we can help her progress? A. Kudos to you for wanting to play an active role in your daughter’s progress during speech therapy. In my practice, I see the value that parent ...

Why can’t my child pronounce the letters L and R?

Q. My daughter does not correctly pronounce her "L" and "R" sounds when she speaks. Many times words like “love” sound like “wove,” and words like “Raleigh” sound like “Waweigh.” She is four-and-a-half years old and I’m concerned she may have a speech disorder. Is it normal for children this age to mispronounce L and R letter sounds? Should I have her evaluated? What can I do at home to help her with this? A. We often receive inquiries from parents who have children around ...

Why is my child stuttering?

Q. My 3-year-old has always spoken very clearly, but recently he has started to stutter. I’m concerned that something is wrong and this may be more than a phase. Is this common? What I can do to help him? A. It can be worrisome and confusing for parents when their child, who previously spoke clearly with good language skills, begins to stutter. However, it is important for parents to know that stuttering is not uncommon for children ages 2 to 5 years, especially boys. At these ages, ...

Should my toddler be talking?

Q. My daughter recently turned two and she is not saying any words. She only grunts and points to things, often becoming frustrated if I do not know what she wants. However, she does understand what I say to her and is able to follow my directions. I spoke with her pediatrician about it and he said not to worry because she will outgrow it. I’m still concerned and feel like she is behind. What should I do? A. Many parents have been told by their pediatricians to patiently wait out this ...