Speech Difficulties


Special Stories Publishing are delighted to bring “First Place” a childrens picture book to the market. Children with cleft palate or any child with speech or language difficulties can feel very isolated and confused as to why they cannot communicate as their peers do. This book helps children realize that many other children just like them have to contend with similar speech difficulties. Through the main character, children learn that they can overcome their speech problems by working closely with their speech therapist and not being afraid to try. The book also gives parents an opportunity to discuss any feelings or anxieties that the child may have as regards their speech difficulty. See more information below.

Speech Difficulties

Some of the most common reasons for communication difficulties in young children:
Cleft lip and cleft palate: A cleft lip or cleft palate results from the incomplete development of the structure of the mouth in the early stages of pregnancy. A cleft lip is a separation of the upper lip and a cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth.
Stammering: Primarily characterised by repetitions, pauses, and prolongations in speech. Dyspraxia: A disorder that affects the child's ability to easily learn the muscle movements required for speech.
Autism: A condition that affects the normal development of the brain in areas of social interaction and communication.
Down’s Syndrome: Caused by a chromosomal arrangement that often results in degrees ofdevelopmental delay and certain recognisable characteristics.
Articulation Delays/Disorder: A speech impairment characterized by a person’s inability to produce speech sounds correctly, such as lisping or rhotacism (the inability to pronounce the letter ‘r’).
The assessment, diagnosis and treatment of speech and language disorders require a high level of scientific knowledge and clinical skill. A speech and language therapist is a professionally qualified person who works with children and adults of all ages who have difficulty communicating. Most children who work closely with their therapist will find a significant improvement in communication ability through time.

Useful sites
www.cleft.ie/ - Cleft Lip and Palate Association of Ireland
www.clapa.com/ - Cleft Lip and Palate Association

Series One

Book reviews

  1. admin says:
    Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    “It’s great to have a positive book for kids about speech therapy as it is and will continue to be a big part of their lives. As most kids having speech therapy are too young to see the long term benefits, this simple book shows them how great it was for Lizzy…” Ruth O’Leary, The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists book review First Place.

  2. admin says:
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    A parent
    I am the mother of a child with cleft lip and cleft palate and have started a nonprofit called Dylan’s Smile (www.dylanssmile.com). I had hoped to find a book to give to new families as they begin their personal journey through surgeries, therapies and the social encounters that ensue. This is a cute book – however, I was confused a little by a few details (the little girl has a scar on her lip, but was only said to have cleft palate). It’s one of the better books I have found, and the art is so cute. Thank you to the author, Kate Gaynor, for providing this children’s level literature.

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