Speech Disorders in Children

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Speech disorders in young children are early indicators that give reason to students having difficulty in aspects of cognition. Speech is not only a motor skill, but also a cognitive skill in the form that speech is language that comes from within the brain. “Speech problems and reading disorders are linked, suggesting that speech problems may potentially be an early marker of later difficulty in associating graphemes with phonemes.” (Foy & Mann 2011) The brocoa's area of the brain is where speech comes from. When this area is affected, children can lose cognitive skill from forming words to reading books by using inner speech. By providing children with speech therapy or speech intervention, the cognitive areas affected may become…show more content…
After the DIBELS, the teachers recommended that 43 students receive Intervention and that 44 of the students not receive any intervention at all. The researches hypothesized that reading scores would be affected if the child were diagnosed with a speech disorder. At the end of the school year, test T2 was distributed to the students who had interventions and to those who did not receive any intervention. This test displayed that students who received intervention had better reading DIBELS scores than those who did not. "Children with diagnosed speech and language disorders are more likely than children without these difficulties to have later reading problems." (Foy & Mann 2011) This concludes that speech does affect reading ability and that intervention is necessary when a child is diagnosed with a speech disorder. In a study done by Bloomfield & Dodd, 730 children all under that age of 16 were studied. All of the children had been diagnosed with primary speech and/or language impairment. The purpose of this study was to see whether the difference between children who received treatment and children who did not receive treatment. The study found that, “Treatment was significantly more effective than no treatment, over 6 months.” (Broomfield & Dodd 2010) The study also found that with an average of 6 hours of speech and language therapy can produce a significant improvement in
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