Unexpected reasons your child may need speech therapy

If your child is experiencing one of the following issues, you may need to seek out a speech therapist:

You may think that speech therapists treat only stutters or lisps, but they also help with a variety of issues your child may be experiencing. Speech therapists work with kids who have speech impediments as well as behavior, language, auditory processing and feeding issues. For example, they can effectively help children who have difficulties with taste, texture or swallowing, or who struggle with fluency.

If your child is experiencing one of the following issues, you may need to seek out a speech therapist:

Ages 1 to 3

  • Not using words to communicate
  • Unable to follow basic directions
  • Not engaging in meaningful play with other children or interacting with others

Ages 3 to 5

  • Difficulty producing speech sounds or saying words
  • Speech is difficult to understand
  • Not using multiple words in sentences or putting several sentences together
  • Unable to answer basic who, what, where, why and when questions

Age 5 and older

  • Difficulty speaking fluently
  • Difficulty following age-appropriate directions in the classroom
  • Difficulty understanding and using age-appropriate vocabulary
  • Difficulty with social skills or social language

The pediatric speech therapy program at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital is dedicated to helping children with a variety of vocal and speech issues. If you are interested in learning more about the program and how it may help your child, please call (502) 893-1285.


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