A disorder in language or speech in preteen can be detected with problems in oral communication in childhood. Children who suffer from receptive language issues face difficulty in comprehending what is being said to them and to process the information sent their way. Speech and language problems in preteens can be treated.
Understanding Language Issues
The first thing that a parent needs to do is understand the symptoms and treat them with advice from their parents. The challenge is in identifying these problems at a young age so treatment can begin immediately.
Expressive Language Issues can be easily identified at an early age because children who suffer from this problem does not speak until the age of 2 years. When reaching age 3, the child will talk but it will be hard to understand. The inaudible speech will continues until the age of 4 to 5. Another sign is that if this child is read a story, he/she will understand the story but will not be able to describe it in a simple way.
Signs of Speech Problems
- Limited vocabulary as compared to children of the same age.
- Frequently uses the sound “umm”.
- Faces difficulty learning new words.
- Misses out keywords from sentences.
- Uses certain phrases over and over again when talking.
- Shows frustration when unable to express their thoughts.
- Talks less but listens and understands others.
- Pronounces words and sounds but sentences don’t make sense.
- Uses a limited variety of sentence structures when speaking.
Limitations on Skills Development
Children who grow up with a speech problem will face many challenges when it comes to developing skills. Social skills, for example, will be highly affected since they will have trouble expressing themselves to other children. Such children are also an easy target to be bullied by other children at school and at the playground.
Academic struggles will also be faced by children who have trouble with speech and language. Some research has shown that they also have trouble reading. These children will also face difficulty when writing because of their limited vocabulary and poor grasp of grammar.
Therapy is the Answer
Parents should encourage their child with speech problems to take speech therapy classes. These classes help with speaking properly focusing on words that require complex tongue movement. Stuttering is another problem which can be treated with therapy.
Emotional support is another thing that a child looks for from their parents. Make sure that your child is happy and has a strong self-assured attitude regardless of speech problems.