Speech therapy will be recommended by your pediatrician if your child babbles, has trouble putting sentences together, stutters or experiences difficulty with sensory processing. Speech and language disorders are often common in children with autism, down syndrome, cleft-palate, sensory dysfunction, verbal apraxia, head injury, and many other syndromes.
Pediatric speech therapy treats communication challenges, both expressive and receptive, that cause children to have difficulty with verbal communication. Speech therapy also treats oral motor concerns, such as chewing and swallowing, as well as articulation, auditory processing and social skills.
Disorders of speech are characterized by difficulty in producing speech sounds correctly, omitting or distorting sounds, or difficulty with producing a few sounds with no pattern.