If your child speaks with a lisp or some other speech impediment, many people seem to think it is cute and don’t give it much thought. However, allowing these problems to continue can sometimes have a detrimental impact on further speech development. In some cases, these problems are simply habits your child has fallen into, but in others, they can be the sign of more severe problems that need to be handled with pediatric speech therapy.
Identify the Source
The first step the speech therapist will complete is evaluating your child to determine exactly what the cause of the problem is. The cause of the problem will dictate the treatment plan the therapist will create to help with the problem. A variety of tools and exercises can be used to evaluate the child to find out just what is causing his problems.
The Treatment Plan
After the evaluation is completed, the next step in pediatric speech therapy is to create and implement a treatment plan. There are many methods by which a therapist can help a child learn how to speak well. The goal is to help children learn how to communicate effectively, which is an extremely important part of life. The right treatment plan is different for every child, making it important to choose a therapist who will work closely with your child to customize the perfect plan.
Length of Treatment
Each child responds to his treatment plan in a different way. Depending on the source of the problem, treatment can sometimes last years to get the child back on the right track. Other children will only require a few weeks or months of work to get them to the appropriate age level for their speech. The end goal is to make sure every child is able to learn how to communicate properly. Be sure to talk to the therapist about the proposed length of treatment but understand it may take more or less time.
Pediatric speech therapy is one of the most common types of speech therapy. No matter what the problem is or what has caused it, the therapist will work closely with your child to identify the source of the problem and come up with an appropriate treatment plan. This treatment plan will then be implemented for the entire length of time it takes to bring the child to the appropriate level of speech for his age.