“Speech Sound Disorder typically presents in early childhood, and involves difficulty hearing, understanding and producing sounds in speech.” The Age, 2017.
Children who have speech sound disorder are often difficult to understand when they talk, and, as a result, often become frustrated because they are not understood by parents and family.
Research has shown that parents are more accurate than preschool teachers in identifying their child’s speech difficulties.
And the take-home message? Don’t delay in seeking treatment.
“… if [a] child’s speech disorder goes under the radar in preschool and the early years of primary, it could change [the] child’s life forever. A neglected disorder could put the child at risk of falling behind academically, and developing long-term speech and language problems.”