Even if the problem cannot be eliminated, we can teach the child strategies to help them cope with their communication disorders, or provide them with the appropriate technology to facilitate communication.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 02, 2013
STAR (Sensory Therapies And Research) Center, the premier treatment center for children with sensory challenges, joins the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in celebrating Better Hearing and Speech Month, which runs the entire month of May 2013.
Although more than 5 million children in the United States have a speech, language and hearing disorder, parents are often uninformed and unsure about what to do when they suspect their child might be delayed. Every May since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has used the May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) celebration to provide parents with information about communication disorders to help ensure that they do not seriously affect their children's ability to learn, socialize with others, and be successful in school.
Speech and language delays or difficulties can occur at any time in a child's life. They may be born with a disorder or it can be caused by accidental injury or illness. Child speech and language delays or difficulties include:
- Articulation problems ("wabbit" instead of "rabbit")
- Language disorders such as the slow development of vocabulary, concepts, and grammar.
- Voice disorders (nasal, breathy, or hoarse voice and speech that is too high or low)
- Social communication disorders (difficulties communicating in social situations)
Parents who suspect their child has a communication disorder should see an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. These professionals identify, assess and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders. STAR Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado offers both speech-therapy services and a trans-disciplinary feeding program. "Fortunately, most children with speech, language, and hearing problems can be treated successfully," according to Carrie Dishlip, CCC-SLP of STAR Center. "Even if the problem cannot be eliminated, we can teach the child strategies to help them cope with their communication disorders, or provide them with the appropriate technology to facilitate communication. By promoting Better Hearing and Speech Month, we hope parents will learn about communication disorders and what they can do to help their children."
Parents who think their children may have a speech, language or communication disorder or know of a loved one who may have such a problem will benefit from Carrie Dishlip’s lecture titled “Understanding Early Childhood Speech and Language: Development and Delays” scheduled May 7 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM at the STAR Center. Learn about speech and language milestones, the current best practices for speech and language therapy, and practical and effective strategies that can be incorporated at home to help a child’s communication development. For detailed information and to RSVP contact STAR Center at 303-221-7827. For those outside of Colorado and unable to travel, search for other service providers at spdfoundation.net/directory, Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation’s online directory.
ABOUT STAR CENTER
The STAR Center, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is the premier treatment center for children and families living with Sensory Processing Disorder, feeding disorders, and other sensory conditions associated with ADHD, autism, and other developmental disorders. The STAR Center offers intensive “burst” treatment that research shows is effective in treating sensory issues. Parents are involved throughout the process so families can learn to create sensory lifestyles and continue to see progress after the formal treatment program ends. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, founder of STAR Center and Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, is widely recognized as the leader in Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) research worldwide. For more information about the Greenwood Village, Colorado clinic, visit http://www.SPDStar.org.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.