16 Oct Hearing speech
There is a definite importance of ensuring that hearing is sufficient or being managed prior to beginning speech therapy.
Children might struggle to hear a particular frequency of sounds, which means that some speech sounds are heard better than others. If a Speech & Language Therapist starts working on sounds that aren’t within a child’s hearing range therapy becomes redundant. It is only until we know that there is a hearing difficulty, or indeed – there isn’t, when we can provide meaningful therapy.
If children need grommets because of fluctuating or persistent glue ear, their speech may improve independently or with just a little help from a Speech and Language Therapist. If an on-going hearing difficulty is diagnosed, a Speech and Language Therapist will be involved to support the child’s speech and language development.