PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Perry County Memorial Hospital is offering tips for parents to help them recognize different types of speech and language disorders that might affect school-age children.
According to PCMH, children with communication disorders frequently do not perform on grade level because they have difficulty understanding and talking, struggle with reading and writing, misunderstand social cues, show poor judgment, have trouble taking tests, and may avoid school.
“Parents should discuss any signs of a speech and language problem with their child’s physician and request their child be evaluated by a speech-language pathologist," said Tracie Higgins, Certified Speech-Language Pathologist at PCMH. "It's crucial that children are identified and begin treatment as early as possible because summer break will only compound the consequences of a communication disorder if left untreated.”
Some things parents should look for include: