The early years of a child's life are crucial for cognitive, social and
emotional development. Therefore, it is important that we take every step
necessary to ensure that children grow up in environments where their
social, emotional and educational needs are met.
Unfortunately, for chronically ill children, such as those with severe
GERD, the time their peers are spending learning these skills, they are
spending too sick to anything or at doctors appointments, in hospitals,
etc. It's not uncommon for these children to fall behind their peers.
Children with severe GERD can also be at risk for speech and language
delays, particularly if they are tube fed with no oral feeding for a long
period of time.
That's not to say these children they are doomed and will never catch
up, but it's important to be aware of the possibility and seek any
appropriate therapies that may be required.
Further, children with developmental disabilities or neurological
problems, are far more likely to have severe GERD.
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Speech and Language Delays
Do-It Yourself Speech Therapy
Baby Signing To Increase Speech and Language
Speech and language are tools that humans use to
communicate or share thoughts, ideas, and emotions. Language is the
set of rules, shared by the individuals who are communicating, that
allows them to exchange those thoughts, ideas, or emotions. Speech
is talking, (...)
You know how it is when you have one hour of
therapy per week. Your child might be tired or even napping, coming
down with a cold, or just plain old crabby and not willing to work
with the therapist. The hour comes and goes – with maybe ten minutes
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