Helping Kids Speak Clearly

February 4, 2013
by piedfam

Helping Children Speak Clearly
By Colette Reynolds

The ability to speak clearly, to use first words and use words in the right way is taken for granted and  happens like clockwork for most children.  Parents can’t wait for the coos and goos to become those precious first words.

However, some children don’t keep pace with expectations and may be late talkers or sound different than their peers. Parents are often the first to notice a difference in their child’s speech and language progression. They may make comparisons with older siblings, friends’ children, or just have a feeling that something is not right. This is where I come in.

With 30 years of experience and training, I can help you to help your child communicate for success in play, friendships, and learning. In my practice, I help parents help their children. Through therapy, parents learn to use the tools and strategies that can be practiced in daily routines that will help their child to be better communicators.

One thing that parents can remember is to avoid speaking for your child. You are a model for them to imitate; help them to hear the words that they could be saying.  Children need opportunities to respond and to initiate verbally. Let them discover the world of words at their own pace which will take time, patience and lots of repetition.

With speech and language therapy children will gain confidence in their ability to speak and learn, as well as increase their confidence in their ability to socialize with friends and family members.

My practice helps children to talk clearly and say what they mean. If you are concerned that your child isn’t using first words, more words or conversing as well as their friends then let’s talk.

Colette Reynolds, licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist…. The heart of communication for Kids.

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