Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: (320) 693-4528
Fax: (320) 693-4567
Some children will have trouble saying certain sounds or words or are simply unable to understand what you are trying to say to them. This may be frustrating as others may have trouble understanding what they say to them and you might get frustrated when your child does not understand your directions. At Meeker Memorial Hospital, speech therapy is available to help children with different speech and language disorders including articulation, fluency and language.
Articulation – This is when a child has trouble saying certain sounds or saying words correctly. “Run” might come out as “won,” or “cat” might come out as “tat,” “say” may sound like “thay.” Lisps are considered articulation disorders.
Fluency – If a child repeats certain sounds and has trouble saying the complete word, he or she may have a fluency disorder. For example, a child trying to say “story” might get stuck on the “st” and say “st-st-st-story.” Or he or she might draw out certain sounds and say “sssssstory.” A stutter is a fluency disorder.
Language – A child who has trouble understanding directions or questions they are asked or has trouble putting words together to express thoughts and their own questions might have a language disorder.