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How To Tell If Your Child Needs Speech Therapy

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Speech pathology clinics in Melbourne can help your child through trickier times in communication. Speech therapy is nothing to be afraid of, but, how can you tell if your child really needs it? Here are some of the common signs to look out for:

No-one understands your child, except you

It is quite common for parents of very young children to translate a conversation between child and adult. That said, if your child has been talking past the age of a toddler (around 3 years) and other folk still can't get the gist of what he or she is saying, speech therapy may help. A Melbourne speech pathology clinic can develop your child's language skills, which will inevitably lead to a better pronunciation, thus a better understanding in conversation with others.

Language delay

All kids develop differently. Some babies babble earlier than others. There are toddlers who chat in sentences, whereas other tots barely say more than a couple of words. If your child's language delay has not improved beyond tot years, have a chat with a speech pathologist for some advice. The earlier you get onto it, the greater the success.

Teased by other children

Moving on from the above, children can be quite unforgiving at times, and are known to tease others with speech difficulties. Perhaps your child speaks a little differently; pronounces words in a certain way or stutters a little? If your child mentions that other kids have paid attention to the way he or she speaks, that's probably a sign you ought to see a speech therapist. Being teased by other children can seriously knock self-esteem, which is no good at all for your own child.

Difficulties in reading or writing

Believe it or not, reading and writing difficulties in kids can be helped with speech therapy. The English language is a complex beast. When your child learns to talk, he or she will make sounds, which develop into words, and then sentences.

Learning to read and write means understanding sounds in words; sounds which relate to letters. Spelling words can be difficult for kids who find it hard to comprehend letter sounds. This is when learning to read and write can be challenging. A Melbourne speech therapy clinic will help your child decode words, which plays a crucial role in learning to read and write.


An early indication that your child may experience difficulty with speech would be the mispronunciation of words. Examples would be predominantly using vowels to sound out words. Your child might say 'e' instead of 'bed', or saying 'coo' instead of 'cow'.

It is common for toddlers to talk in their own way, for example; 'lellow' instead of 'yellow' or 'wabbit' instead of 'rabbit'. If this way of talking continues beyond toddler years, there is no harm in scheduling in an appointment with a Melbourne speech pathology clinic. A speech therapist can formally evaluate your child, and if there are concerns, remember that early intervention works wonders.

If you have any questions related to your child's speech or language delay, book in an appointment with one of Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic's specialists. Speak to Vince Borg, Sarah Young, Vicky Andrews or Emma Lorenzin, all of which specialise in speech therapy for children in Melbourne.

Go to speech-therapy.com.au, call (03) 9899 5494 or email your questions to enquiries (@) speech-therapy.com.au.

Address: Box Hill Speech Pathology Clinic,
662 Elgar Road, Box Hill North VIC 3129

(just near the Eastern Freeway, opposite the oval)

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