Cerebral Palsy Symptoms: Speech Difficulty
Since muscles in the face, including the mouth, tongue and throat, are often affected by cerebral palsy, developing strong language skills can be a challenge for many children with CP. This challenge may be compounded by cognitive impairment. While children with cerebral palsy may make noticeable sounds and communicate on an auditory level, they may have difficulty speaking in a manner consistent with children who do not have CP.
At Campbell, Renaud, we want to hear and understand all of your concerns. We are committed to knowing the full scope of what your child needs. We want to work with you to achieve the support you need to meet the hopes you have for your child’s life. To learn about our work and what we do for CP families, we invite you to get in touch with us and schedule a free consultation today at our Burnaby office. If traveling to our office is stressful for you and your family, we would be happy to arrange a home visit.
The Importance Of Muscle Function In Oral Communication
The same lack of proper muscle function that contributes to feeding problems and drooling contributes to a child’s inability to physically form words in a way that is considered consistent with the skill level of a child who does not have cerebral palsy.
Parents’ concern for their children in this regard can extend to broader concerns about their children’s schooling and choices about what educational resources they may need. Parents will have many questions not only of their doctors and educators, but of other members of the CP community, about how communication barriers will affect their child’s well-being, as well as what practical resources are necessary for the child to live a full life.