Archive for May, 2013

May 28th, 2013

Getting Started

This blog is intended to help parents and teachers who are looking for basic information about speech therapy.  If you have concerns about a child or student you should seek professional help.  Speech and language delays are sometimes signs of more serious disorders.

Speech therapists can be found in schools, community health clinics, child development centres and hospitals.  There are also private speech-language pathologists.  Links to the American Speech and Language Association (ASHA) and the Canadian Speech and Language Association(CASLPA) are on this site.  You can find private speech-language pathologists listed there.  In Canada the provincial association will also list therapists who do private practice.  For example; there is a website for the BC Association of Speech-language Pathologists and Audiologists and the Ontario Association of  Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

It’s not always easy to sort out where to start. If your child/student can’t imitate the sound at all you will need help. That said, it doesn’t hurt to try.  Some children pick it up very quickly with a little teaching.  You might try these ideas first:

  • Make sure the child is looking at your face.  Say the sound and feel what your tongue and lips are doing.
  •  Ask him to imitate you.  For example; “Say rrrr”.
  • Sometimes it helps if you look in a mirror together.
  • R is often the most difficult sound to teach, so start with an easier one if your child isn’t ready for R.
  • Look at the post titled, “The Bear Facts”, June 20, 2010 for more information about starting speech therapy.