If you frequently notice that your growing child is having difficulty with his or her communication skills, which in turn affects his/her cognitive development, or you think that your kid has a voice disorder and is also having problems with his/her mouth and jaw movements (e.g. swallowing), then you may already need to have him/her checked by a speech pathologist.
Aside from helping patients who suffer from pronunciation problems, speech pathology aims to provide care and assistance to children (and even adults) who have:
- Voice disorders which disrupt normal human functioning (e.g. stuttering, scratchy voice, or too soft voice) – making it hard for others to understand the patient’s speech
- Problems with saying words due to delayed “learning to speak” or, in the case of grownups, disorders related to dementia.
- Weak cognitive skills, which impede creating healthy relations with people; these include the ability to remember, attention span, and expressing emotions and thoughts.
- Difficulty in bringing out ideas and putting them into words.
- Impaired literacy skills, such as reading, writing, and comprehension.
- Trouble swallowing or performing simple mouth and jaw movements.
Our speech pathologist will perform an assessment on the perceived problem. She will give a diagnosis on how to best provide treatment and assist the client. Parents and guardians are encouraged to monitor the progress of their child by cooperating and coordinating with our speech pathologist.