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Pediatric Speech and Language

What Is Pediatric Speech and Language?

Speech and language skills are important to the individual and social development of kids. At Banner Children’s, our speech and language specialists focus on the communicative learnings and non-verbal language skills of children and adolescents. While the main focus is on speech and language development, non-verbal skills like feeding, swallowing and more are also a part of speech and language development.

Types of Speech Disorders in Children

Speech disorders can range from mild to severe in children. Types of speech disorders can include:

  • Stuttering
  • Dysarthria – weak muscles in face, lips and tongue
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Voice disorders
  • And more

Early Detection and Warning Signs of Speech Issues in Children

The earlier you can catch speech and language disorders, there is likely a better chance to start correcting your child’s errors. Keep an eye out for:

  • Limited babbling or talking
  • Loss of previously known words
  • Increased errors
  • Delayed motor skills
  • Feeding difficulties

It’s important to follow how your child is developing to detect signs of potential speech issues. Reach out to your pediatrician if you are worried about the progression of your child’s speech skills.

When to See a Speech Pathologist

Speech pathologists can provide valuable learning and teaching tools for you and your child. Talk to your pediatrician about your child’s speech disorder to decide if going to a speech pathologist is the next best step.

Pediatric Speech and Language Treatment

Treatments for children’s speech and language can range from speech therapy to ear devices to medication. Speech therapy is one of the more popular treatments and can help children who have articulation, language, voice or stuttering disorders. Therapists focus on a child’s ability to be successful with all forms of communication including speaking, listening, reading, writing and cognitive development. Talk to your pediatrician and pathologist to discuss treatment options for your child.

The team at Banner Children’s is ready to help you and your child with next steps for speech and language disorders. Contact our team with any questions.