When my youngest son was about 3 years old I noticed his speech was a little "off". Of course, I understood every word he said, but I was Mommy. It really bothered me that other adults had a hard time understanding him and other children asked why he sounded funny. This was the point where I finally took some action. I immediately had him checked out by his Pediatrician who referred us to a Speech Pathologist. She told us what I already knew, J had a Speech Problem. Luckily we caught it at a young developmental age and were able to turn his speech issue around. We visited the Speech Pathologist at least once a week until he was 6 years old. Once he started kindergarten and turned 6 they kicked him out of the program because he had no more issues. That was the first and only time I was thrilled to be "kicked out" of anything. J is now an honor and gifted student. He is also a very social and outgoing kid.
I sometimes run into other kids with speech problems and I wonder if the parents notice. I often wonder because when J was young I was so used to the way he sounded and I could comprehend what he said. If I could offer any piece of advice for parents with similar issues, it would be to try and catch it early on. We need to be honest with ourselves as parents. Not just with speech, but any type of disability. If we think our children are having issues with something developmental, we should act on it and work on improving the situation if at all possible.
I'm very honored to be able to write about the Hospital for Special Surgery. It is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology, and rehabilitation. Located in New York City, HSS recently opened the CA Technologies Rehabilitation Center at the Children's Pavilion providing comprehensive, individualized rehabilitation for both inpatients and outpatients from birth to 21 years. Its multidisciplinary staff includes physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
You can find out more about Hospital for Special Surgery HERE and even more about their CA Technologies Rehabilitation Center HERE. They also have a Facebook page HERE so you can keep up with the latest news and happenings.
As always, thanks for reading!
Watch the Video below for a tour of their new facility!
DISCLOSURE:I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by MomCentral Consulting on behalf of Hospital for Special Surgery. A small donation to a charity of my choice was made in my name as a thank you for participating. You should consult with your physician or other health care provider before beginning any rehabilitation/therapy, sports training, or exercise program.