Learning to talk - our speech therapy journey (posted 07/08/2015)

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Learning to talk - our speech therapy journey

At the beginning of this year, my daughter’s teacher approached me and mentioned that she noticed that Tarini had a slight lisp when she talks.

Although this came as a bit of surprise, I did not freak out but rather asked the teacher how she suggested we deal with this matter.

My reason for being calm and looking for a solution was based on the following:
·         As parents, we are so close to our children that we sometimes miss areas in their development that they may be lacking in.
·         An outsider (in this case her teacher) can provide valuable feedback about her development
·         With Tarini being bi-lingual (she speaks English and German) this problem may impact her speech and language development
·         Taking her for a proper assessment is not a big deal and may only confirm if there is a problem that needs to be addressed
·         In today’s driven world, we need to help and support our children in reaching their full potential.

Tarini went for an assessment and it was identified that she had an interdental lisp.

Interdental lisping is produced when the tip of the tongue protrudes between the front teeth. This is also referred to as a "frontal lisp," as the sound is produced in front instead of the back of the mouth where it is expected. For example, when kids with this sort of lisp pronounce the word “sun”, it sounds more like “thun” as the tongue sticks out between the front teeth when saying the word.

Tarini now goes for speech therapy once a week and absolutely loves the games she plays with the therapist.

A qualified speech therapist is crucial as they are trained to administer the correct program to assist your child overcome any difficulties. They will also be able to provide an at home program for the parent to use to reinforce what has been learnt at therapy.

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, speak to your child’s teacher or take them for assessment. What’s the worst that can happen? They may need to go for a few lessons with a therapist. At the end of the day, it’s just another hour out of your day to ensure your child is set up for success and building their base so that they can reach their full potential.
About Deenin Padayachee:
After 13 years in corporate Deenin decided to become a stay at home dad. His new career choice resulted in him having three bosses (wife and two kids) as well as added responsibilities such as full time butler, chef, playmate, driver, professional seeker of lost toys and picker-upper of all things found on the floor. He evolved to a work from home dad by also becoming an entrepreneur when he designed and developed a home stimulation learning program based on developmental milestones for babies and toddlers and has also entered the world of blogging.
“Being a work from home dad is tough and it sometimes feels as if you trying to taste the colour eight.” – Deenin Padayachee

Written by Deenin Padayachee
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