Many young children stutter for a short time then stop on their own. If you are concerned about your child’s stuttering, see an SLP for evaluation.
Children with a voice disorder may sound hoarse or breathy or may have a very nasal-sounding voice. Encourage your child to play more quietly without shouting or screaming. And be sure to keep your child away from cigarette smoke.
Talk to your doctor to make sure there is no physical cause for your child’s unusual speaking voice.
If you have any concerns about your child’s speech or language development, your pediatrician can recommend a speech-language pathologist for an evaluation. The SLP can also help you understand how to help your child communicate more effectively.
If your child does not react to sounds or respond to his name, he or she may have hearing loss.
• All newborn babies should be screened for hearing. If your child did not pass this screening test, see an audiologist for further testing.
• Children can develop hearing loss at any age. Take your child to an audiologist for evaluation as soon as you suspect he might have a hearing problem.
• Talk to your audiologist about possible ways to help your child hear better including hearing aids and cochlear implants.
Children learn to communicate by hearing and responding to people around them. This development is especially critical during a child’s first three years.
Early detection and treatment for communication disorders can help your child catch up with other children his or her age and prevent delays in learning and social development.
If you suspect your child has a speech, language or hearing disorder, talk to your child’s doctor right away.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Early Detection of Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders. Web. May 6, 2014.
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Identify the Signs: Know the Signs. Web. May 6, 2014.