As children learn how to talk, situations may arise where the child's speech sounds anywhere within a spectrum between being a little immature to completely unintelligible. Speech Sound Disorder is an umbrella term that encompasses articulation disorders where a child may have difficulty saying a certain sound or multiple sounds. Various terms like phonological disorder and articulation disorder are often used to describe such developmental issues.
Children with Speech Sound Disorder are often frustrated with communication. They might change a particular sound for another, add or leave some sounds out. There is often no known cause for speech sound disorder. Sometimes there may be a family history of speech issues, sometimes there may be a neurological impairment or structural issue. Childhood apraxia could also be a cause of speech sound disorders.
Forbrain is an educational tool that is being used by several therapists and families to use with children who show signs or are diagnosed with language delays. Forbrain helps the child to hear and process the sounds that they produce, better. Hearing themselves slightly louder can sometimes make all the difference. Once a child is more aware of their own speech, it’s easier to help them to correct it.
In the following video, Grace Lindley, a speech and language therapist based in Paris, breaks down the different aspects of speech sound disorders - what are the causes, observed symptoms, how Forbrain can help children with speech sound disorders and activities to do with Forbrain. By using Forbrain in her practice, Grace has observed quicker progress than she expected, thanks to the increase in self-awareness. She has seen a lot of “lightbulb moments” where children suddenly realize that how they are saying something is not at all how they thought they had been saying it!
Check out her video series on various learning disorders in children, here!
Read more about Forbrain, here!