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Is It My Fault My Child Has a Speech or Language Disorder?

Have you ever wondered...

"What causes speech and language delays?"

"Did I do something to cause my child to need speech therapy?"

"Why does my child need speech therapy support?"

These are great questions that parents ask pediatric speech therapists all the time. First and foremost, we want to reassure you that it's not your fault. Let's learn more about why speech and language delays happen and important reminders we want to share with you!

What Causes Speech and Language Delays?

There are a few reasons that speech and language delays can happen, but there is one thing we know for certain: You did not do anything to cause your child to need to see a pediatric speech therapist.

And there are things you can do now and moving forward in the future to help your child reach their highest potential in speech therapy and beyond! Now let's learn more about "why" these delays happen.

Speech sound delays can happen because of "organic" or "functional" reasons.

  • Organic

    • The disorder has a known cause

    • Example: a child with a cleft palate or hearing loss

  • Functional

    • There is no known reason for the disorder

    • Example: a child who has trouble making the R sound & there is no physical or known reason why there is a difficulty

Sometimes, we just don't know why the speech or language delay happened. There might be...

  • Another condition that hasn't been diagnosed yet (like Autism or ADHD)

  • A family history

  • Another illness (like repeated ear infections)

  • Or many other reasons

Important Reminders for Parents

Some kids need a little support with meeting milestones, speech sounds or language, and social skills, and that's completely OK!

In case you needed to hear this today, this is your reminder that:

  • You are doing a great job as a parent

  • It is not your fault that your child needs speech therapy

  • Lots of kids need speech therapy!

  • A child can be bright and successful and need speech therapy

Get Connected with a Pediatric Speech Therapist Today

Are you wondering if your child could benefit from speech therapy? Give us a call today to learn more and set up an appointment with one of our highly trained pediatric speech therapists!

At Myna Therapy Services, our team of pediatric speech therapists is trained and ready to help your child reach their speech or language milestones!

We're all in this together. We are here to work with you, your family, and your child to help them reach their highest potential!


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