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Helping Children Speak

By Michael Marshall

Nothing constructive comes from criticizing a child by calling him names like stubborn, antisocial, antagonistic, or disobedient, but it becomes even more erroneous when the parents and teachers are the ones dishing these out to kids. A physician says that undetected cases of mild to severe hearing loss can be treated on occasion, and this is normally experienced by children without their parents’ knowledge. Can we crack the case? How can an audiometric or hearing exam be of use?

A baby who hasn’t learned to talk by the age of two should be examined for deafness, said the physician who asked that he remains anonymous. Here is how he reported his findings. After considering that all children imitate to speak, parents would be able to see the connection between hearing and speech.

The first six months is a period of gibber for the infant. Sounds will help him attract attention later on. Then, as his parents’ voices are finally heard, the selection of pleasant sounds is developed by the infant. Even the manner of speaking of other people is recognized. Afterwards, recognizing words and sentences mark the next stage. Responsible for helping children further their speech skills are parents, and this is because learning can vary from child to child. When a child is exposed to a parent’s lack of affection not to mention constantly unpleasant tones, he is prone to weakened speech skills.

On the average, the speech development in children will present itself normally, said a physician who also commented on possible differences among vocabularies when it comes to infants. The vocabulary for a year old baby will be comprised of three words. Soon after, 20 words and two word groups will be his skill at eighteen to 20 months followed by 250 words and sentences at two.

Elaborate apparatus are no major requirements in the examination of an infant’s hearing. Telling whether or not a baby can hear everyday sounds, parents look for sounds coming out of the baby’s sight. Certain sounds like doorbell and telephone rings, footsteps, a ticking clock, and a loud voice from the other room are examples of these.

When your baby may have hearing loss, tell the doctor immediately. Diagnosing complete deafness in infants can be done through hearing tests. Deaf babies are still able to retain some hearing ability that can be remedied by intensifying the sound through a hearing aid. Even babies can use hearing aids. It is easy for the babies to get used to wearing the hearing aids, and in no time at all they forget about them completely.

There are times when the hearing aids are used from infancy, and this allows children with residual hearing ability to enroll in regular schools instead of apply to special schools for the deaf. With the hearing aids, children are able to develop important skills during their formative years that will help them deal with other people later on in life. Used without stigma, these hearing aids allow children to live normal lives, as opposed to the stereotypical life in silence that they were supposedly destined to have.

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Marshall, Michael "Helping Children Speak." Helping Children Speak. 7 Jul. 2010. 15 Sep 2014 <>.

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