Most people are aware of the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s disease: tremors, stiffness, and trouble walking.But did you know that up to 90% 1 of people with Parkinson’s also have trouble speaking? Words can be slurred, mumbled, or stammered out in a pattern known as ‘tachyphemia’. Or sometimes a person will speak softly, or with a breathy quality.
By the age of 4, most toddlers are talking pretty well… almost too much sometimes! Many parents welcome bed time when the constant chirping of little voices finally goes quiet. But when your child doesn’t speak at all, or if you are the only one who can understand their ‘language’, it can be worrying. Especially when you see other kids their age chatting away non-stop.
Is your child’s speech lagging behind his or her peers?You may have heard the cliché’ “All children develop at their own pace”. Or you may have been told not to worry, just “wait and see”. After all, Einstein didn’t talk until he was three years old, right?
Speech pathologists often get praised for their patience, but even we struggle to keep up with littlies who have ADHD. They are fast paced (and we aren’t that fit)!Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can be very challenging for those in the child’s lives, particularly if it’s not properly understood. What we all need to remember is that it’s super challenging for the child, too.
Did you know that reading and spelling are biologically secondary? This means that the skill must be explicitly taught, rather than effortlessly acquired? And to think some of us believe we are “naturals”.Around 75-80% of students will be typical learners, however 15-20% of children (i.e. 4 to 6 children in a class of 30) will have learning difficulties.
People often joke that children are like sponges. And oh, aren’t they just! From the moment you connect eyes with your newborn and they soothe to the sound of your voice, they are watching and listening.Most importantly, they are putting what they see and what they hear together and so begins the learning process.
So why is play important for language? Let’s have a look.