The prevalence rate of children with speech and language disorders is 7-12%. This is children without other developmental disorders or learning difficulties. 2 of 30 children experience a language disorder severe enough to affect academics entering Kindergarten.
Do those children impacted by a speech and language disorder consider their well-being to be affected?
One thing to consider is children often think of their well-being as defined by their relationships with family, friends, and pets. Children with speech and language disorders find their well-being is being impacted for the following reasons:
Children will often present with a positive outlook by focusing on strengths versus deficits. As parents, we must remember to foster these positive thoughts by considering the following:
Encourage through hope. Talk about where a child is at currently and where they want to be.
Allow a sense of agency. Allow a child to make choices and influence the days decisions. A child should have some control over their own environment.
Help a child create friendships. Host playdates and other moments for positive interactions with peers. Creating positive relationships can soften negative experiences and strengthen well-being and resiliency. Perceptions of being valued are important to a child’s sense of well-being.
Allow a child to share stories. Create time in the day to sit down and listen. A child will express their emotions and won’t feel isolated if they have a listening ear to share about the day or the past. You may even gain insights into any hopes (goals) or fears (conflicts, barriers) during your time together.