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Mid Coast Hospital
Child Speech & Language Therapy

We Treat Children with Mild, Moderate, or Severe:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Language delay
  • Difficulties producing specific sounds (r’s,l’s)
  • Stammering
  • Mild autism behaviors

Every child is unique and has his/her own rate of physical and cognitive development. However, it is important for parents to monitor how their child’s speech and language skills are developing.

What is a Speech Disorder?

A speech disorder is indicated when a child has difficulty producing a sound (usually consonants, but sometimes vowels) beyond the age when producing the sound should be mastered. There are three common speech errors in children. These common errors affect how a child is understood.

1. Omission of a letter: for example, “fok” for fork.

2. Substitution of a letter: for example, “gog” for dog.

3. Distortions of a sound.

If you have concerns about your child’s speech development, contact our department. If your insurance requires a referral, consult your pediatrician. He/she may refer you to our clinic for evaluation and treatment.

What is a Language Disorder?

A language disorder is indicated when a child has difficulty understanding others or sharing his/her thoughts, ideas, and feelings. Children learn language skills by listening and practicing what they hear. Language is not learned all at once, but is acquired over time.

If you have concerns about your child’s language development, contact our department. If your insurance requires a referral, consult your pediatrician. He/she may refer you to our clinic.

Treatment

Treatment is delivered in a manner that best accommodates the child’s interests and abilities. These treatments may include:

  • Dramatic play
  • Music
  • Art
  • Listening games
  • Active movement

For more information about us please call 373-6175.

 

Tips for Helping your Child develop Speech & Language Skills

  • Talk to your child about things you do every day. Talk naturally.
  • Read to your child daily.
  • Listen when your child talks. Always respond.
  • Minimize talking about mistakes. If your child makes an error, repeat the word correctly.
  • Provide praise. Make talking fun and enjoyable.
  • Have your child’s hearing tested if you find you need to repeat frequently.