Speech Therapists are professionals not only in verbal communication, but in all aspects of communication. Part of communication is hearing and listening; what a child hears drastically affects their speech and communication.
When a child is referred to a Speech-Language Pathologist for a Speech Evaluation, a hearing screening is an essential part of the process. Children who have difficulties with speech may have an unrecognized hearing challenge that might be the cause of their speech concerns.
Tools to help identify Hearing Loss in Children:
Where does Speech Therapy fit into hearing loss treatment? If your child is suffering from hearing loss that has affected their speech and language development, Speech Therapy is the best solution to improving those delays. A Speech-Language pathologist can improve their speech and understanding through a customized Speech Therapy Program.
If your child is showing some signs of hearing loss or a speech and language disorder, we encourage you to visit your pediatrician right away. Your pediatrician may recommend a hearings screening within their office or refer your child to an Audiologist.
Children with hearing loss can experience many challenges if the problem is unrecognized or untreated. Hearing loss is treatable. An audiologist can help assess your child’s specific needs if they are indeed suffering from hearing loss. Sometimes hearing loss is temporary, sometimes it is permanent, an audiologist will assess which your child falls under. Hearing aids, cochlear implants or assistive listening devices can provide many benefits.
ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) provides a list of speech and hearing milestones:
From birth to four months, your infant should:
From four months to nine months, your infant should:
From nine to 15 months, your infant should:
From 15 to 24 months, your infant should:
Speech Therapy of Forsyth offers complete speech, language and hearing screenings to help determine the root cause of your child’s symptoms. Please contact our office 770-410-7719.