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Clear Speech : How to help your child through speech sound difficulties

Children learn to say sounds by listening to people talking to them and around them. Some children have difficulties acquiring one or more speech sounds and this makes their speech unclear to other people. It is important to remember that young children are not able to produce every sound. This is because speech is a complicated process and over 100 sets of muscles are used in the production of the vowels and consonants of English. It takes a lot of practise at coordinating these muscles before a child is able to produce intelligible speech. Furthermore, there is a process of speech sound acquisition which all children go through and each sound is acquired at a specific stage of development. Therefore, it is normal for children of certain ages to make errors in their speech.

Although the exact number is unclear, research suggests that between 2-25% of children between the ages of 5-7 years old have a speech sound difficulty. Persistent speech difficulties can lead to a number of problems. Firstly, if a child has a difficulty saying certain sounds, it could affect the intelligibility of their speech which results in other people struggling to understand them. This could lead to the child becoming frustrated because they are not being understood. It can also be frustrating for family members and friends who are struggling to understand them! This can impact on a child's confidence and self-esteem. On top of this, speech sound difficulties can also cause problems at school. Children with speech difficulties may have problems with social integration, early literacy development, educational attainment and mental health. So it really is important that your child gets help with their speech sound difficulties if possible.

YOU have the power to help your child NOW!

As a Speech and Language Therapist, I am constantly asked about speech sound difficulties. Many parents worry about their child struggling with one or more sounds. They may ask for their child to be referred to speech and language therapy but they do not always get the help they need. Firstly, there is a long waiting list for speech therapy here in the UK and if your child only has difficulty with one or two sounds, they will not be a priority and, therefore, at the bottom of the list. Secondly, even after a long wait on the waiting list, your child may be assessed and you are told that they cannot offer you much more than a group session or a leaflet for you to take home that will give you some exercises to do. You will not get much information that will help your child in the long run. You may wish to pay for speech and language therapy privately but that can be expensive depending of the amount of speech therapy your child requires.

I strongly believe that parents should be equipped with the knowledge to help their child to talk. This is why I have created this course. It is my aim to empower parents with the knowledge and confidence they need to do speech therapy with their child at home. Whether your child has a lisp or multiple speech sound difficulties, I will train you to help your child. Don't get stuck on waiting lists that will lead to little help. You have the power to help your child now!

  • Thank you so much for helping my daughter with her speech! She chats with such confidence!

    — Stephannie

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Table of Contents

Lessons
Welcome to Clear Speech!
Typical speech sound development
Atypical speech development
Speech therapy at home
Speech therapy games
A final word from me

This course has four modules that are designed to be completed over four weeks, see below for a break down of each module. Each week there will be videos informing you about the weekly topic and a PDF guide for you to go through. As well as informing about each topic, the PDF guides will help you to reflect on your child's progress and give you the knowledge you need to carry out speech therapy with your child at home.

The course will cover the following topics:

Week 1 - Typical speech acquisition

This week covers typical (normal) speech acquisition in detail. Learn how we speak and how we produce each sound. You will learn about the simplification processes children go through when they are learning to talk. Discover the ages that each sound is acquired and simplification processes disappears. Using my useful guides, you will be able to work out whether your child has a delay a disorder or has typical speech development.

Week 2 - Atypical speech acquisition

We will look at some of the difficulties children may have with their speech sound development. We will discuss the different types of difficulties that may be causing your child to have produce incorrect speech sounds. Some of the difficulties we will be covering are speech delays, motor difficulties and phonological difficulties. We will look at some of the possible causes for such difficulties and also discuss the warning signs to look out for if you think there may be a problem.

Week 3 - Speech therapy at home

This is the week I will train you to do speech therapy with your child at home. I break down the speech therapy process into clear stages that you will be able to work through one at a time. I will give you tips and advice to help you get started.

Week 4 - Fun games for speech practise

This week I will be going through each speech sound and explaining how you can help your child to produce it. I will be sharing lots of fun games and activities that you can do with your child in your speech therapy sessions at home. You will be able to check in with me to discuss the progress of both you and your child and ask me any questions you may have about your child's speech development.

By the end of this course you will be equipped with the knowledge to be able to carry out speech therapy with your child at home.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! Once you've enrolled and paid, you'll have access to the course material for as long as you need. So devour it all in one weekend or take things slow. It's your choice!

What if I'm unhappy with my purchase?

Well, I would be sad. But if you're really unhappy with the course, just email me within 10 days to get a full refund.

I still have a question, how can I contact you?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send me an email at multiculturalmotherhood@gmail.com.

We are a bilingual family, is this course relevant to our needs?

Yes! I am a Speech and Language Therapist specialising in bilingualism so this course includes information about bilingual speech development and advice on doing speech therapy with bilingual children.

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Who am I?

My name is Weronika and I am a Speech and Language Therapist living in the south west of England. I am also a homeschool mum to four children aged 10, 8, 5 and 2. Since qualifying as a speech and language therapist, I have undertaken post-graduate research at the University of Reading on the topic of bilingual children with autism. This enabled me to gain a specialism in bilingualism and autism. I currently work as a Speech and Language Therapist in schools in my local area and I also deliver teletherapy online.

I believe that parents can take their child's speech and language needs into their own hands, given the right training. Therefore, my aim is to empower parents with the knowledge to be able to help their child themselves. Communication is the basis of everything and a child's ability to speak clearly can have a negative affect on their confidence and self-esteem. It can also be incredibly frustrating for them, and those around them, if they are not able to make themselves understood. By helping them to speak more clearly you will give them confidence and happiness. I believe every child deserves the chance to thrive and my courses will help your child to do that.

  • Having us identify exactly what we needed help with and ways to engage her, that was amazing!

    — Stephannie
  • The course was life changing! Wish I came across your page earlier and had taken the course when my son was born.

    — Umm Luqman
  • I feel even my parenting method has changed Alhamdulillah my son has really progressed a lot. It's really hard to balance between uni, being a mum and wife but the course has really helped me in teaching and understanding my son's needs. P.S. I made my husband read the workbooks also, he really enjoyed them!

    — Shafiqa
  • I really enjoyed this course!

    — Adrienne

Get 50% off!

Winter sale price £64.50 until 10th January 2021.

Normal price £129.

Don't delay it
Start speech therapy with your child today!