Why can’t I (or others)
understand my child?
Rogers Bridge » Articulation
Parents frequently seek speech therapy services because they are worried about their child’s ability to
produce sounds correctly. The two most common questions I hear is, “Why can’t I understand my
child?” and “How will this impact my child?” If a child is frequently misunderstood, needs to repeat
utterances, or requires a parent to translate a message for others to understand, there can be negative consequences.
Lacking clear articulation (the ability to produce sounds correctly) can negatively impact a child’s confidence and leave them reluctant to communicate with others. In addition, it can lead to frustration resulting in emotional outbursts.
"At 6, 12, and 18 months, I honestly wasn't sure if she would ever talk. Hearing her express her ideas, have conversations, and sing (!) now at 3.5 regularly brings tears to my eyes." — Gina D. (full review lower)
At Rogers Bridge Pediatric Therapy,
we believe that having a voice is powerful,
and every child should know
that their voice can be heard and understood.
We would love to talk with you about solutions for the challenges your child may be having with articulation. Our speech therapists can help children learn to communicate effectively and be understood. Call or email/contact us to discuss your child’s speech and to determine if there is a solution that fits your child's needs with remediation through speech therapy.
5 common questions that we ask to help make an appropriate recommendation:
1. As the parent or caregiver, are you able to understand what the child is saying the majority of the time?
2. Is the child having to repeat messages constantly?
3. Do you frequently need to “translate” the child’s messages for others to understand?
4. Does the child shut down, refuse to repeat the message, or say, “never mind,” when asked to repeat the message?
5. Do you understand what your child says less than 75% of the time?
Did you answer "yes" to any of these questions?
We're happy to provide more insights. Reach out to us to learn more.
"My 8 month-old daughter was struggling to feed (bottle/solids) and was only forming vowel sounds (aah), no consonants (i.e. mama). Jessie began working with her immediately on muscle tone and coordination. Her bottle feeding, eating, and speech have improved so significantly over the past three years, it is nothing short of miraculous. Our daughter eats independently now and is saying full sentences. At 6, 12, and 18 months, I honestly wasn't sure if she would ever talk. Hearing her express her ideas, have conversations, and sing (!) now at 3.5 regularly brings tears to my eyes. Jessie is an amazing speech therapist. She brings the ideal balance of patience, strategy, intentionality, and play to every session with our daughter and we could not be more delighted with her approach. Through our diagnosis journey in discovering our daughter's super rare genetic disorder, she has been a supportive, consistent advocate for our daughter's progress. She is a trusted member of our daughter's special needs team, and we are beyond grateful for her role in our daughter's life!" – Gina D