Speech Disorders in Children
Alternate Names : Speech Impairments in Children
What are the treatments for the condition?
Treatment is directed at the cause. Some examples include:
cleft palate repair for children with cleft palate
hearing aids for children with hearing impairments
medicines and counseling for psychiatric problems
removal of child abuse victims from the abusive environment
sign language instruction for children with hearing impairments, as well as for children with delayed speech or language
special classes or learning environments for children with severe impairments
In addition to treatment of the underlying cause, speech therapy can be invaluable in training children to talk.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Any surgery carries a risk of bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to anesthesia. Medicines used for psychiatric problems may cause allergic reactions, drowsiness, or stomach upset.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
The child's quality of life is affected by the speech disorder and the success of treatment. Those with cerebral palsy or Down syndrome may need lifelong therapy and treatment. Those with a cleft palate may be cured by surgery and need no further treatment after recovery. Children who stutter may or may not benefit from treatment.
How is the condition monitored?
Any change in the child's speech or response to treatment can be reported to the healthcare provider.