Is Your Child Having Trouble Communicating?

File Photo

In all the excitement of Back to School, there is often a critical piece missing in the planning.

If a young child appears to have delays in speech or language, parents need to act quickly. New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA) members recommend children, even those entering preschool, be checked by a professional before entering school if they have difficulty with speech, language, or hearing. This is especially true for children who, when compared to their peers, have difficulty hearing what is said, do not speak, or have unintelligible speech.

Regrettably, a national poll by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) indicated nearly 70 percent of audiologists (i.e., hearing professionals) and speech-language pathologists believe many parents do not know the early warning signs of communication disorders. Consequently, they are unaware of the benefits of early treatment. To learn more about expected speech-language and hearing skills between the ages of 0-8 years see: njsha.org/resources/media/bhs-month.php

When a child has a communication disorder – a very common disability – he/she can languish for months in the classroom before getting help. Certainly no one wants children to suffer from learning problems, especially if they can be avoided with early diagnosis and treatment.

Check with your school district and/or speech and hearing professionals in your community to learn what services are available. Ensure that your child does not miss a critical developmental window and place him/her on a successful educational path this year.

Ursula Glackin
Member of NJSHA
Middletown, NJ

 

*The opinions expressed in the Letters To The Editor section do not necessarily reflect those of the staff, management or sponsors of Micromedia Publications/Jersey Shore Online. Letters to the Editor are the OPINION of the writer and the content is not necessarily checked for accuracy.*