EARLY DETECTION OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING DISORDERS
The ability to communicate is essential to learning, working and social interaction as well as to achieve and maintain independence. When communication is impaired, it affects every aspect of a person’s life, including family and work interactions.
Don’t wait and hope your child will outgrow a communication problem. Early detection leads to early treatment. The earlier you get help for your child, the better.
Identify the signs: Here are some signs to help you determine if your child has a speech, language or hearing disorder:
- Doesn’t smile or interact with others (birth-3mths)
- Doesn’t babble (4-7 months)
- Makes few sounds (7-12 months)
- Does not use gestures e.g., waving, pointing) (7-12 months)
- Doesn’t understand what others say (7mths -2yrs)
- Says only a few words (12-18 months)
- Doesn’t put words together to make sentences (18mths -3yrs)
- Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2-3 yrs)
- Has problems with early reading and writing skills- for example, may not show an interest in books or drawing (2-3yrs)
We provide learning solutions for language disorders, speech sound disorders, stuttering (disfluency) and voice disorders. We have speech-language pathologists and audiologists that are attached to our school for solution to your child’s problem.
Auditory learning is a learning style in which a person learns through listening. An auditory learner depends on hearing and speaking as a main way of learning. Auditory learner must be able to hear what is being said in order to understand and may have difficulty with instructions that are drawn but if the writing is in a logical order it can be easier to understand.
They also use their listening and repeating skills to sort through the information that is sent to them.
Auditory is the process of providing training and treatment to improve hearing for those who are hearing impaired. Hearing rehabilitation services focus on adjusting to hearing loss, making the best use of hearing aids, exploring assistive devices, managing conversations and taking charge of communication. Our services are a combination of individualized and small groups.
EFFECTS OF HEARING LOSS ON DEVELOPMENT
It is well recognized that hearing is critical to speech and language development, communication and learning. Children with listening difficulties due to hearing loss or auditory processing problems continue to be an underidentified and underserved population.
The earlier hearing loss occurs in a child’s life, the more serious the effects on the child’s development. Similarly, the earlier the problem is identified and intervention begun, the less serious the ultimate impact.
There are four major ways in which hearing loss affects children:
- It causes delay in the development of receptive and expressive communication skills (speech & language)
- The language deficit causes learning problems that result in reduced academic achievement.
- Communication difficulties often lead to social isolation & poor self-concept.
- It may have an impact on vocational choices.
-Vocabulary: Vocabulary develops more slowly with children with hearing loss
–Sentence Structure: Children with hearing loss comprehend and produce shorter & simpler sentences than children with normal hearing.
– Speaking: Children with hearing loss may not their own voices when they speak. May speak too loudly or not loud enough, or cannot hear quiet sounds such as ‘s’, sh’, ‘f’,t’,k’ and therefore do not include them in their speech. Thus, speech may be difficult to understand.
–Academic Achievement: They have difficulties with all areas of academic achievement, especially reading and mathematical concepts.
–Social Functioning; Children with severe to profound hearing loss often report feeling isolated, without friends, and unhappy in school, particularly when their socialization with other children with hearing loss is limited.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Recent research indicates that children identified with a hearing loss who begin services early may be able to develop language on a par with their hearing peers.
Early detection of hearing loss and early use of hearing aids or cochlear implants are critical for the development of speech, language and communication skills in children with hearing loss.
In fact, infants identified with a hearing loss by 6 months of age who received a hearing aid or cochlear implant and habilitation services have been shown years later to have language skills similar to those of children of the same age who have normal hearing.
Auditory processing disorder (APD) is often described as greater than expected difficulty hearing and understanding speech even though no measureable hearing loss exists. Individuals with auditory processing disorders may act as though a hearing loss is present when in fact; hearing sensitivity is often within normal limits. APD is often confused with other disorders such as ADHD, language impairment, learning disabilities, social and emotional delays or cognitive deficits.
We can render services for children in Nursery, primary, secondary and in vocational classes.
Members of our team include: Speech-language pathologists, psychologists, classroom teachers, physicians- audiologists, and parents of such children, volunteered teachers, and links with teachers in notable teaching universities in Nigeria, links with UK special Needs teachers and trainers, links with US specialist in these areas, and many more who has passion to love, care, assist, teach and monitor these children.
We therefore reaching out to such parents who will need these services to get in touch with us immediately for more detailed information on these our inclusion programme specially designed to help reduce your stress and worries. A problem shared is a problem solved as you all know.
Our services which are students centered will make you more relaxed and reduce your worries on these children. BOARDING FACILITIES AVAILABLE, STUDENTS COMING FROM OTHER STATES WILL BE PICKED FROM THE AIRPORT.
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