Possible (and impossible) words
Helping parents worried about the speech of a child who can’t be understood
What do I offer?
The Science of Speech & Language.
Work with speech and language impairment is helped by the science of speech and language, known as ‘linguistics’. I follow a tradition going back to the 1660s. Although I have been trained as a speech and language therapist to treat a wide variety of conditions, voice disorders, and more, I now specialise in the area where I have special training, experience and expertise – problems with the formation of sounds. words and sentences and related aspects of reading and writing, often diagnosed as dyslexia. Or where there is either no speech or language, or the speech is either limited or hard to understand, where the speech is either incomprehensible or unintelligible. Significantly, these problems often run in families and go together.
What difference does linguistics make?
Points of Action
While the role of the tongue and the lips in speech is obvious and indisputable, this can’t be the end of the story. There are two sorts of words, words like nouns and verbs with content, and words like a and the which are meaningless other than in relation to other words. But stammering and speech errors almost all involve only the former. Somehow the speech system recognises the difference. So where speech, language, or literacy is an issue, I investigate the critical words clinically and linguistically – as points of action. This dictates an essentially positive approach, as far as possible copying the natural process of learning to talk, minimising pressure on the child, and maximising the child’s experience of success.
Linguistics and clinical linguistics
Solving the puzzle of problems with speech
It is obvious and indisputable that most people can and do learn at least one language to the point that they can understand and repeat jokes and plays on words and rules and laws. But for some children this can be problematic. For me, the point of clinical linguistics is to work out why the problems take the form they do, and how best to minimise their effects.