Teaching Students with Speech Disorders

Discover new resources and ideas for teaching children with speech and language disorders. Disorders of this kind can manifest in several different ways; some of the more common include stuttering, apraxia and others. Do you have a child that refuses to speak in class? You may be dealing with selective mutism. Learn more about these types of disorders, warning signs and diagnosis, and what you as a teacher can do to help your student learn and succeed in class.



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  • Why Do People Stutter?
    People are often uncertain about how to respond to someone who stutters. While you want to be helpful, saying or doing the wrong thing could embarrass you both or result in hurt feelings. Learning causes and triggers of stuttering can help you react appropriately.
  • What is Apraxia of Speech?
    Apraxia of speech is a disorder that affects the ability to form words. Young children are often initially mistaken for late talkers and go undiagnosed until they are much older. The sooner the disorder is recognized the earlier treatment can begin to assist the child in developing speech skills.
  • Childhood Dysarthria: Understanding the Symptoms and Teacher Tips to Help With Communication
    As a special education teacher, you will have students with many kinds of speech disorders. Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder you may encounter while teaching. Learn about the symptoms of childhood dysarthria and how you can help a student with this condition.
  • Suggestions for Teachers of Children With Speech Impediments
    A speech impediment can be a serious detriment to learning, and special education teachers need to have a solid game plan ready to accommodate children with this impairment. Advance preparation, achieving focus, and quality time all play a role in working with these students.
  • Recognizing When Kids Can't Process Language
    Imagine yourself traveling to a foreign country, having never learned the language. You now understand a little better the difficulty that student's face when they cannot process the language.
  • Extra Language Resources Takes the Hard Work Out of Planning Speech Therapy Activities
    Extra Language Resources is a kids language software that is pitched at the special education and speech therapy activities markets. It's great for those one-on-one situations, where kids can sit with a therapy aide and complete speech therapy activities.
  • Teaching Young Children who Stutter
    The onset of stuttering typically appears when a child is between two and five years old. Early intervention makes the difference in whether early childhood stuttering will continue into adulthood or not. Learn how to detect stuttering in your class and help young students learn to speak fluently.
  • Teaching Strategies for Students With Speech Impairments
    Students with speech impairments greatly vary in abilities. In addition to communication difficulties, these children may struggle with reading, understanding and expressing language, and managing class activities. Read this article to learn more about the strategies that work with these students.
  • Dealing with a Nonverbal Learning Disability
    What would it be like to not be able to read people's facial expressions, or understand body language? That is what it is like for those with a nonverbal learning disability. Read on to learn more.
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