Some people with
cerebral palsy have problems moving their mouths to
form words correctly. Some have hearing loss, which affects their ability to
If your child is having problems speaking clearly,
talk with your doctor. Hearing tests, speech developmental questionnaires, and
other assessments may help determine the best course of treatment.
In most cases, speech therapy with a professional is recommended for
these problems. But you can also help a child with cerebral palsy communicate
more effectively by:
Looking directly at the child while you are
Using pictures or objects
while you are speaking.
Reading with your child and using picture
books. Try to get the child involved in the story by saying, for example, "Show
me the fire engine" or "Where is the cat?"
Speech therapy may include using:
Sign language (hand and body movements) or
special boards (with pictures, words, or letters on them). People who do not
speak clearly can learn to communicate better using these tools.
hearing aid. This device may benefit people who have trouble talking because of
Computers to increase the volume of a voice that is
Specialized computer programs. Some programs help
improve speech through practicing lessons. Other programs are designed to allow
a person who does not speak at all to communicate through objects or
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.