How to Know When It’s Time for Speech Therapy

Speech therapy has helped many Americans articulate their thoughts in a more productive manner. An estimated six to eight million people currently living in the United States have some kind of language impairment, which often makes communication much more difficult. If you are wondering whether or not speech therapy can benefit your child, check out these considerations to see if it’s time to seek help.

Natural Mispronunciation

Keep in mind that some mispronunciations are completely normal. Many young children will pronounce the “th” sound as an “f” sound. Preschoolers might mix up the syllables in words that are too big, or they may smoosh a slew of words together. For example, elephant may become “ellalent.” These cute mix-ups are completely normal until about age six.

When To Consider Help

By the age of three, you should be able to understand most of the things your growing child is trying to tell you. If their words are not getting any easier to understand, you may want to look into speech therapy. If there is very little or even no talking at all, you should act quickly. This may be a sign of a much larger problem in normal development.

Mispronunciation is a warning that professional treatment is needed. For example, if he or she is not saying consonants or having trouble pronouncing vowels, this could be a sign. For example, instead of saying “bat,” the child only says “a.” On the other hand, the inability to say “cow,” and instead saying “coo” could be an indication that speech therapy will be necessary to normalize communication.

Other Signs

There are several other signs that professional treatment may be helpful. When reading a book to your youngster, it is normal for them to point at objects on the pages. If you are not seeing this, ask him or her to show you the turtle or the elephant. If he or she repeats the phrase and does not try to point to the object, there might be a problem with language comprehension.

If other comprehension problems exist such as misunderstanding questions or directions, help may be needed. One example is when you ask your child if he or she would like a cookie, and they repeat the end of the question rather than indicating yes or no. Pay attention to whether your child uses new words once, or if their vocabulary remains stagnant over time, as these are also signs that you may need to consult with a professional.

Advantages of Help

Parents want to give their children every advantage in the world, and speech therapy can be one way to do just that. The way that children comprehend and respond to the spoken word serves as an indication of brain development. If you suspect that your little one isn’t keeping up with peers, or language is holding them back from other accomplishments, professional help can put them back on track developmentally.

Ring a Ring a Roses, A Pocket Full of Posies

Effective 1st Apr 2010, nearly 200 million children living in this elephant like (mammoth, lumbering, sturdy) vibrant nation called India, can quiet literally sing along on the tunes of the folksong “Ring A Ring A Roses.” On this April Fools day, the government of India spins out a decree making the Right to Education (RTE) a fundamental right of every child.

It is indeed a whopping project undertaken by the administration, which promises free and compulsory education as a right of every child of this nation whose age group spans between 6-14yrs. This initiative will beget equality and diversity amongst children irrespective of sex, religion, standard of living, or status in society.

Quality Education for all

The Prime Minister of India makes the RTE act an important part of his agenda and takes the lead to announce the proceedings of the act, enforcing it upon the nation saying, “The Right to Education Act (RTE) will realize the dreams of many children across the nation and it is a key to progress and empowerment of the children to become better citizens of the nation.”

Spread the word to fight illiteracy

The enactment of the law is finally done, and now it is the role of not only the government to facilitate smooth roll-out of the project. But, we as citizens of this country and guardians of our children need to do our little bit as well. When I spoke to a few people like my vegetable vendor, the milkman, my domestic help, and the office boys, I received a glowing response from each one of them. Every parent and guardian – rich or poor – wants their child to go to school to get their share of education. Underprivileged parents and families from the backward class also have dreams synonymous to the families from the elite class…it is a hope of giving the best education to their children and helping them realize their dreams. But their financial condition mostly comes as a bottleneck towards fulfilling their dreams.

Socialistic ideologies pertinent in segments of society

Detractors from the elite class of society argue saying that 25% reservations in private schools will eat up their share of seats. They may be absolutely correct when they say that ‘Reservation’ is a bad word and that it shouldn’t be used to violate the rights of others. However, you cannot pigeonhole this act on the same parity as the quotas chalked out for women in Parliament, scheduled caste and scheduled tribes, or for religious minorities.

These are reservations for children who have the same nationality, who are ambitious, who have the merit and the IQ to move ahead in life, who want to flaunt their own house and car when they grow up, who want to be treated as equals, and who want to speak the global language that the world speaks today….So why not give them a chance!! We need to mull over the nitty-gritty’s of this act and support the children of this nation in receiving quality education across the board. Rich or poor….girl or boy…majority or minority, it should be education for all.

In the same vein, the Indian government needs to do wonders with Health care in India. Medical Insurance to each and every citizen of this country should be made mandatory and should be moderately sponsored by the government.

Come one, Come All…

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Is Dyslexia A Gift Or A Curse?

Dyslexia is a common disorder that predominantly affects reading and writing. Some people with dyslexia also experience difficulty with spelling, math, visual-spatial skills, memory, and fine motor skills. Despite all of these issues, some with dyslexia go on to achieve amazing results in their lives, becoming entrepreneurs, inventors, as well as doctors and attorneys. At the same time, there are a disproportionate amount of dyslexic people who become incarcerated. Given these two very different pictures, is dyslexia a gift or a curse?

Why would people look at dyslexia as a disability?

Certainly dyslexic children can encounter many difficulties in school. They may see their friends easily learning to read and spell. They may feel that things come easy for everyone else in the class and they are the only ones who struggle. This can lead to frustration and a loss of confidence.

Also, children with dyslexia are frequently told what they did wrong and where they fell short. Words are very powerful, especially the words that parents and teachers use to describe their children. When children hear words such as, “dumb” or “slow” or “disabled”, they begin to own these labels and soon they are defined by them. Once they believe they are somehow inferior, they may stop trying in school, and resign themselves to the fact that they cannot succeed.

So why would anyone call dyslexia a gift?

First, as with most things in life, dyslexia is an extremely variable condition. Some people with dyslexia may note only mild difficulty with reading, while others are more severely affected. Obviously, it is easier for a person with mild dyslexia, to find compensations and overcome the difficulties and find her success in life. Someone who is more severely affected may find that it is difficult to get past these challenges.

However even the most severely affected people with dyslexia can find success in life. Often it starts with having the right mentors, who encourage them and help them develop their strengths. When a dyslexic child has a parent or teacher who believes in him and continually encourages him and points out his strengths, he is more likely to develop a persistent attitude and continue to try new things.

Also, if a child is given the ability to use accommodations and assistive technologies to deal with her difficulties, these challenges will be less likely to stop her. For example if a child has a very creative mind, yet finds the physical act of writing to be very laborious, she may get shut down and all of these great ideas may never come out. However, if that same child has a teacher who recognizes her creativity and allows her to use assistive devices such as computers, dictation software, and audiobooks, she will have the opportunity to show her creativity. Then she will receive the positive feedback that will help her persist further.

Finally, there is much talk about the creativity of people with dyslexia, how they can often see problems from unique angles. So even, if these people struggle with school, many times when they graduate and are able to pursue their passions, they can find brilliant solutions to the world’s problems and then develop successful companies that produce those solutions.

What can we adults do?

1. Remember the power of words and use them to encourage all children.

2. Help dyslexic children find their passion in life.

3. Use lots of positive reinforcement to help dyslexic children see their successes.

4. Emphasize a dyslexic child’s strengths so she feels smart.

Using these four steps may not totally erase the challenges of dyslexia, but they will go a long way to helping dyslexic children view their condition as a blessing.

Childhood Obesity Education – What We All Must Lear Now

Childhood obesity education is necessary and should be a major part of parenting. Every parent should be arming themselves about what to do about this disturbing worldwide trend. Obesity in childhood is a very alarming worldwide epidemic which is expected to continue growing. Childhood obesity can be defined as any child with an excessively high amount of body fat. With a little education, children and adults can become knowledgeable about this subject and how to combat the problem.

There are many factors, educational, emotional, physical and environmental which play a role in obesity. These factors can play an important role in diverting children away from obesity. It does not mean that educated children are healthy and unhealthy children are uneducated. It simply implies that the better educated we are about this subject (childhood obesity), the better we will be at making healthy decisions for our children.

Childhood obesity can be addressed in multiple ways. Government action is very essential which promotes equal opportunities for both the children and the family regardless of the demographics. The Governments primary role should be giving everyone equal access to information and resources. Public awareness campaigns funded by government is the first step.The government should also provide physical activities for the obese children as well as information dissemination regarding obesity.

Childhood obesity education begins with the parents. The behavior of the parents affects the behaviors of their children. Education starts from the way their parents discipline their children. Good parenting means taking time to learn about nutrition and the effects of poor nutritional choices It should include how to avoid obesity, what are the causes and its harmful effects. So, the parents must be well informed, since they are the ones in direct contact with the child. There is a correlation between low education and poor nutritional choices. Low education tends toward low income. With low income, food choices are based on getting the most for your money. This usually leads to low quality food choices. This explains the prevalence of childhood obesity in poor communities..

Cure comes with knowledge. In order to cure children of obesity, one must be willing to learn the basics of nutrition. Once information is gathered, good choices can be made which can lead to healthier children worldwide.

The Most Popular Student Loan

What is the most popular type of student loan now? The Stafford loan. More than 90% of all money borrowed for college fall under the category of a Stafford loan. This loan was first started to help low income families be able to send their children to college. The perimeters for the loan were not overly confined when the program was instituted in 1965. Since them the perimeters have expanded to the point that this loan type is one of the Federal Education Loan Program options for many.

The two different classes of Stafford loan, unsubsidized and subsidized, helped to extend its perimeters greatly since its inception.

With a subsidized loan students do not begin repayment until the student completes his education. For all students maintaining at least a half time course schedule the government will pay all interest that accumulates on the loan. The interest payments do not become the responsibility of the student until after he completes his education.

Families who desire this type of loan must first visit to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application will contain information to determine what the family’s financial status is. Subsidized federal loans are granted only to families with financial limits.

These limits are not as great as you may think. Almost 10% of the Stafford loans granted were given to families who earnings were in 6 figures. However, for the most part Stafford loans are reserved for low income families. The large majority of these loans are granted to families whose income is less than $50,000 a year. As was mentioned earlier the perimeters are broad, but the loan program does benefit the needy.

However, the perimeters do exist and not everyone will qualify. For students that cannot qualify for a subsidized loan an unsubsidized loan is an option. The Stafford loan that is unsubsidized means that you are still able to defer payments until six months after completely your education. However, during all of that time interest will accumulate and compound on the principal of the loan.

It is difficult to illustrate how much interest will compound over the life of an unsubsidized Stafford loan. To know how much your loan will cost go to and fill in your loan terms to see exactly how much interest you will be required to pay.

For the average student, there is a need to borrow between $10,000 and $20,000 to fund their education and these funds are generally obtained through a combination of loan types and programs.