Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Communication Disorder: Know the Warning Signs

The following information was adapted from a brochure published by ASHA (American Speech-Language and Hearing Association) , 2010.

Your child may have an underlying problem in communication if he or she...
Began talking later than expected

Is harder to understand than other kids their age

Is performing below expectations in the classroom

Is having difficulty learning to read

Cannot seem to express his/her thoughts and ideas, uses lots of "filler words" such as "stuff" and "things". Also may be very vague or unclear when explaining something.

Has problems understanding others and following directions

Doesn't pick up on social cues

Has problems taking tests

Says "huh" a lot and needs things repeated often

Does not respond consistently to sounds
If any or some of these ring true for you, and your motherly instinct is telling you something is off, go get your child evaluated. It will put your mind at ease to know what professionals think. If there is a problem, then you can start taking care of it with support from others.

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