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SSLD and older children

  • 21-06-2012 9:05pm
    Registered Users Posts: 4

    My six year old has SSLD (Specific speech and language disorder) and I'm just looking for people with older children with it to share their experience and how your children learned coping skills.
    SLT helps albeit tiny baby steps.


  • Registered Users Posts: 241 ✭✭Equality

    There are strategies that do help.

    Many are common sense and in some cases they need to be employed by others (parents, siblings, teachers..). So for example if a child has good comprehension/understanding and a bad stammer, it can be easier for that child in school if the teacher asks a yes/no question than a question requiring a long answer.

    When children get older, some teachers in second level ask kids to read aloud (not to practice reading, the kids can read, it is just because the teacher is minding her own voice and does not want to talk all the time). If the teacher knows your child has a speech impediment, they won't ask him to read.

    One to one singing tuition or singing classes can help, strangely enough. It is because breath control is part of singing, so singing is much easier than talking. Also because the child does not have to think about what to say, the words of the song are there. Singing is often much easier than speaking.

    SSLD covers a wide range of problems - it is hard to say what would help unless you know in more detail what is the exact problem.