Speech Therapy Tips from our Perth Speech Therapist Clinic.
Focused Education provides Speech, Language and Communication Therapy Services for infants, toddlers and teenagers in the Greater Metropolitan area of Perth Our friendly therapists specialise in helping children with learning and communication disorder such as Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia. Our Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) have compiled speech therapy tips for parents and caregivers.
Language Disorders and Your Child’s Social Life: Helping your child communicate.
While language barriers are often a cause for confusion, language disorders can spell the same thing, especially for children. Social skills are affected by social communication disorders. These may include problems with social interaction, pragmatics and social cognition. Language disorders affect normal social communication. If these are not addressed, and when they are unfortunately coupled with learning difficulties, your child may essentially have low self-esteem.
The good news is that you can help your child! Here are some tips you can utilize to develop help your child’s social skills. Our speech therapist team developed these strategies.
If your child still struggles with communication and language after trying these tips call us to book an initial consultation with our speech therapy team.
Our clinical speech and language pathologists have a minimum of 10 years experience helping children to talk and communicate.
Our Director of Speech and Language Services at our Perth-based clinic loves helping families overcome communication challenges. She loves her dogs almost as much.
Speech Pathologist Deborah Smit’s speech therapy tips and advice contained in this article have been carefully developed.
The professional advice is a result of Debbie’s extensive research, professional development and experience in Speech and Language Pathology(SLP).
The Challenge: Engaging the Rules of Polite Conversation.
When your child monopolizes every conversation, he does not understand the normal turn-taking rules of social communication.
Here’s a Tip: Teach your child the rules for linguistic politeness by demonstrating to him: maintain eye contact when talking to him, slow down and take time to carefully and meaningfully listen when he is talking. When it is his turn to speak, remind him to slow down as well, and listen when it is the other person speaking. Remind yourself that you can teach him the rules, but it will be more effective if you show him how to do it.
The Challenge: Drawing Out the Shy Type.
When your child does not speak or mingle when he is with his friends, there must be a reason he is shy. He most probably could not put his thoughts into words and therefore decides to just not speak. This is an Expressive Language Disorder, wherein a child has very low vocabulary, has difficulty remembering words and finds it hard to produce complex sentences.
Here’s a tip: Engage your child in meaningful conversation through daily activities. When you are in the kitchen, talk about foods he likes. When you are walking in the park, talk about the things he sees. This will help him learn new words and put his thoughts together. As you continually expose him to words and associate them with everyday things, he will be encouraged to remember words and construct sentences, hence be more expressive of his thoughts.
The Challenge: Expanding the World of the Literal-Minded Child.
When a child does not understand jokes, sarcasm, or the tone of voice being used, he can be very literal-minded. There is a concern over his social cognition, a difficulty in understanding emotions as well as communicative intentions.
Here’s a Tip: You can help your child understand non-verbal communication through reading picture books and even watching television together. You can use these opportunities to explain a character’s moods or emotions, sense what they are feeling and even predict them. This way, when your child encounters real life non-verbal communications he will have a better understanding of the figurative and non-conventional cues and interpret them.
The Challenge: Helping Untwist the Tongue-Tied.
When your child has trouble finding the right word to describe or identify something, he must be encountering expressive learning disorder as well as mixed receptive ELD. It means he has pretty low vocabulary or finds it hard to associate the words with things or feelings.
Here’s a Tip: It is always good to help your child develop his vocabulary. You can do this by introducing him to new words. Explain what the word means, use it in a sentence, use it in examples that will be easy for him to recall. Use it regularly until he gets a good grasp of it. A good start to this practice would be everyday things or activities and things in the house. If you are going to teach him about a vehicle, say “I am going to use the car to go to the store” or “We will ride in the car so we can go to the store”
Yes, language disorders affect social interaction, emotional competence and understanding of pragmatics such as body language and other communicative intentions. It even affects understanding of self that leads to loss of self-confidence that may eventually lead to social decline. It is good to help your child early. Boost his self-esteem through these practical, easy and no-cost tips. It will do wonders for your child.
If your child still has difficulty with a language disorder then we can help. Our Perth Speech Therapy team help children with language disorders. Our Speech therapists specialise in assisting children with language difficulties that often relate to specific learning disorders such as Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism. Call us for an initial consultation today.
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