Becoming a mom to my son was a huge deal. I was fresh out of college and living the go-getter life. I had aspirations to work abroad in Korea and teach English for a year or two. Those aspirations changed when I found out my husband and I were pregnant. Once Price was born, my job was to provide him with the best life possible. Now, on top of many other “jobs”, my most important aspiration is to be his advocate and foster his learning.
The cute way he said his “s” sounds was no longer a toddler thing when kindergarten began. His teachers noticed he was having some trouble saying words with “s” and recommended in-school speech therapy. My husband and I were happy to see the school being so proactive. He went at specific times during the week and eventually I could hear and see a difference in the way he spoke. I met with the school’s speech therapist and she gave us a few exercises to work on his “s” sounds from home. Now as a first grader, there are times when I have to remind him of the correct way to speak, but he’s done a wonderful job putting forth the effort to get rid of his lisp.
There are other reason’s why a child may need speech therapy. Fortunately Poudre School District has wonderful staff and Fort Collins has many speech therapists in private practice. Aspen Speech Therapy is one of those practices located here in Fort Collins (Greeley,too) and serves children throughout northern Colorado who are experiencing difficulties with speech and language.
“Any speech or language problem is likely to have a significant effect on the child’s social and academic skills and behavior. The earlier a child’s speech and language problems are identified and treated, the less likely it is that problems will get worse,” said Kristi Kelly, M.S., CCC-SLP, Owner of Aspen Speech Therapy. “Early speech and language intervention can help children be more successful with reading, writing, schoolwork, and interpersonal relationships.”
Kristi was nice enough to share some signs parents can be aware of when working with their child’s speech.
Here are 10 signs that your child may need speech therapy:
1. Delay in using words or sentences
2. Easily frustrated because they have trouble expressing themselves
3. Have difficulty interacting with children of the same age
4. Ignores others when spoken to
5. Does not follow instructions well
6. Unintelligible- problems being understood by others
7. Behind in learning and has difficulty with intellectual thinking
8. Can’t sit still and focus on activities
9. Refuses to drink from a cup or use a spoon
10. Throws temper tantrum at slightest change in routine
This is quite an interesting list. Many may think, well that’s just a toddler or a kid acting their age. I caution that you keep an ear out for your child’s speech because it’s really good to nip it in the bud. In our household we made the fact that Price was going to speech therapy a very regular thing. There weren’t any put-downs whatsoever. I take my job as mom very seriously. I’m my son’s advocate and sometimes we have to push our kids a bit now to make their life easier in the long-run.
If you have any questions I encourage you to leave a message here or on the GUFC Facebook page, there are many amazing speech therapists like Kristi in town and I’m sure they’d be happy to step up and answer them!