Speech Delay?

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My son, a 3y2m boy, has a lot of vocabulary, almost every day there are additional words and easy to remember. but you can’t assemble a complete word, just take the final sound. Even so, I help (rather push) to compose 2-3 words. But yes, the sound is taken at the end. Srg I read stories, sang, colored. I asked, what is such a thing as a speech delay? And if I observe that the hearing problem doesn’t seem to be a problem, the problem is that when asked to take something, he understands and is responsive. Called to also turn around and come here, invited to play with his friends are also good communication, easy to make friends. Next, what should I do? Still for your attention. ^ _ ^

1 Answer:

Hi Sika,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

According to the IDAI (Indonesian Pediatric Association), around 5 to 8% of pre-school age children experience speech delays. This condition is important to detect early. Because, if not handled appropriately and quickly, speech delays can make it difficult for children to communicate and socialize with other people, including their own parents, thus potentially hindering their future learning achievement.


Judging from the age of your child, at the age of 3 years, children generally have reached the stages of speech development as follows:

Has a very large vocabulary (more than 100 words), able to mention objects that are around it
Can combine 2, 3, 4, and even more words to form a sentence
Start using frequently asked sentences
Happy singing
Getting interested in listening to stories and conversations of people around him
Understand and be able to say their name, age and gender
Can tell events that he experienced that were considered interesting

As for the condition your child is experiencing, it could be part of a speech delay, but it could also be just a normal developmental variation. This possibility needs to be confirmed by direct examination by a pediatrician in the subdivision of growth and development. In general, you need to be aware that there is no understandable 3-word sentence at 36 months of age.


There are various possibilities that can cause speech delays in children, not only hearing loss. Some other possible causes of speech delays include:

Lack of stimulation
Brain disorders (eg mental retardation, specific receptive and / or expressive language disorders)
Autism
Articulation disorders, and so on

Before it's too late, you should check your child directly to the doctor so that the possibility of speech delays can be detected and handled further. There are various types of therapy modalities that can be done to overcome speech delays in children, this must be adjusted to the cause of the speech delay. It could also be done by involving not only pediatricians, but also ENT specialists, psychologists, or pediatric psychiatrists.


In the meantime, you can take the following steps to maximize your child's speech development:

Build children's self-confidence, by not scolding, scolding, or punishing children, which can traumatize them so that they are afraid to speak
Encourage children to talk and communicate often, don't focus on gadgets
Ask him what he experiences everyday, stimulate him to share his experiences, be a good listener
Read stories, can also be helped by books with interesting pictures for children

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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