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Helping parents worried about the speech of a child who can’t be understood

 

I take an essentially positive approach to treatment, 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.

What do I offer?

Trained as a speech and language therapist and as a linguist

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 clinical linguistics make?

Solving a puzzle

It is obvious 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.

From my experience, research, and reading of the literature, I believe that the learner’s task is not about words, but POSSIBLE words – a much larger, but, I think, more interesting
and involving task. So the clinical task is one of helping children discover how to build words as and when they want.

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 is also language and differences like the one between below and bellow, by what is known as ‘prosody’, affecting every word in the language. Where speech, language, or literacy is an issue, it makes sense to investigate the entire faculty against the background of evolution.

I Have Experience With…

My Approach & Philosophy

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Resources

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When children get things slightly wrong

In learning to talk there is quite a lot to learn. Children get things slightly wrong, The commoner sorts of errors are often called ‘phonological processors’. These mostly replace sounds, Most of these replacements work mainly in one direction. The replacement is...

First Biolinguistics Conference

I have just spent three days at a fascinating conference on biolinguistics, as the field now describes itself. There were 18 presentations, two on matters of speech pathology, my own and one other. Mine was about my research on the possibility of defining most speech...

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