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Communication and Development
By Monica Delaney Karneboge, M.A., C.C.C.

The Speech and language development of a hydrocephalic child is frequently impaired. Sensory and neurological differences are factors contributing to speech and language difficulties. Sensory and motoric areas especially include awareness and functioning of the auditory, visual and oral areas.

The oral areas seems to be an area often overlooked. It is important that diagnosis and treatment involve careful consideration of all sensory and mortoric areas in additions to remediation with cognitive stimulation. Sensory, oral motoric therapy using techniques to strengthen rate and range of movement of specific oral muscle groups has shown positive resulted in attaining adequate speech sound and voice patterns.

Effective motor coordination during speech production facilitates coherent verbal expression. Early intervention from birth diminishes the number of inappropriate speech patterns developing. In addition, a therapist can guide parents in stimulating language acquisition in appropriate stages; thus, avoiding delays.

Speech and language acquisitions is the cornerstone to academic achievement and successful living.

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