Speech and Language Disorders

What is Speech and Language Disorder?

Speech and language disorder means your child may have difficulties with their communication and language skills. In medical terms a speech and language disorder is not caused by having reduced exposure to language or any emotional difficulties a child may be going through. Your child may however have a medical condition that co-exists with a speech and language difficulty.

Possible causes of speech and language disorders:

  • Autism 

  • Loss of hearing 

  • Low birth weight 

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Premature birth

  • Down Syndrome 

  • Brain injury

Signs and symptoms that your child may have a speech and language disorder:

  • Difficulty using simple everyday words

  • Having difficulty in other areas of learning, such as Literacy 

  • Difficulty using language in social situations 

  • Having difficulty remembering what has been said to them

  • Difficulty repeating speech sounds and words 

How this may affect your child?

Unless an early intervention strategy is in place, having a speech and language disorder is a long term condition that may have a significant impact on your child's learning and development. Children who are experiencing ongoing speech and language disorders may have difficulties:

  • Joining in with other children

  • Establishing strong relationships with children their own age or Early Years Practitioners 

  • Difficulty expressing their frustration and may show changes in their behavior 

If not treated speech and language disorders will develop well in to adulthood. Nevertheless, receiving treatment as an adult can be beneficial as this may increase confidence and help you achieve your goals step by step. This type of therapy is open to children and adults. Please note, if you wish for your child to receive treatment for a speech and language disorder, an adult must be present the for the whole session.

How Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help me?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps you understand the link between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CBT is known to help find ways to overcome your anxiety by identifying any negative patterns which cause your anxiety and transform them with healthy, positive thoughts and feelings.This is achieved by a concept called Systematic Desensitization, which is also known as exposure therapy. Your therapist will gradually expose you to situations which would normally trigger your anxiety. Eventually you will learn to replace any negative thoughts and feelings with positive ones. 

What are you waiting for? Choose your therapist now and  start                               your journey to a new and happier you.