Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Child's Speaking Voice

My 11 year old son has an odd cadence in his speaking voice. He also speaks very loudly, will sometimes stutter (repeat a phrase several times or fill in gaps with an "em" sound), and often becomes breathless when talking. He also has threads of aspergers but has been seen by a therapist who does not feel that he is autistic. He is extremely intelligent and uses a vocabulary way past his age group. His manner of speech however can be difficult to listen to. Would he benefit from speech therapy? Thank you.

Melissa Kim M.S., CCC-SLP replies... 
From your description, he certainly would benefit from an evaluation with a speech-language pathologist. Only after a thorough evaluation would it be determined if he would be a candidate for improvement in speech and/ or voice therapy.

Thank you for your question.

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