Speech Language Pathologists Role in Your Child’s Life

How can Speech-Language Pathologists Help My child
You've heard of a speech-language pathologist or maybe you've worked with one, but what do they do exactly and how can one help your child?

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month and in honor of that I want to bring more awareness to this topic. Today I am going to share eight ways that a Speech Language Pathologist can help your child and how your essential oils can support your child’s speech and language.

Let’s start with the eight ways that a Speech Language Pathologist can help your child.

  1. Speech Sounds  - This may be the most familiar way you may think of when you think of a speech-language pathologist. Your child may have trouble saying sounds. He may not speak clearly or be hard to understand.
  2. Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing - Your child may have trouble understanding what he hears. He may not follow directions or answer questions well. It may be hard for him to tell others about his thoughts. He may not say the correct words or only say short sentences. Listening and speaking problems can also make reading and writing harder. 
  3. Social Communication - Your child may have trouble talking with other children. He may not make friends easily. He may not understand what others think or how they feel.
  4. Cognitive Communication - These are the thinking skills your child needs to remember, solve problems, and use his imagination. Learning disabilities and brain damage can cause these types of problems. 
  5. Assistive Technology - Children who have difficulty speaking may benefit from using an augmentative and alternative communication system or display or "say" the words they want to use on a communication board or screen.
  6. Feeding and Swallowing - Feeding and swallowing problems can make it hard for your child to eat and drink enough during the day. This can make it hard to learn. It can also make social times, like lunch or snack, harder for your child. 
  7. Fluency - Your child may have trouble speaking smoothly. He may repeat sounds or words or have long pauses when he talks. Disordered fluency, called stuttering can make it hard to answer questions or give speeches in class. It can also make it hard to talk to friends. 
  8. Voice - Your child may sound hoarse or lose his voice. He may sound like he talks through his nose, called nasality. His voice may be too loud or too soft. Voice problems can make it hard to talk in class or with friends.     

Now let’s talk about seven dōTERRA essential oils that can help support your child’s speech.  

1. Lavender – It’s the Oil of Communication and helps with verbal expression. The linalool in lavender helps release tension and allow your child to express him/herself, calming insecurities with expression. You can diffuse it or use it in a roller bottle and apply it to the throat area. Frontiers in Chemistry, 2017. The Mental Health Clinician, 2018. Molecules, 2018.

2. Spearmint – This is the Oil of Confident Speech. It goes along well with Lavender. You can put a drop of this in your water before speaking. It promotes confidence, clarity of thought and will help your child with speaking in front of others (side bonus... it will support your digestive system in the process) Nutrients, 2018.

3. Hawaiian Sandalwood – This oil can help provide connections with others. 

4. Wild Orange – This oil helps with anxious feeling when having to speak and communicate effectively. This oil goes really well with the Lavender. Advanced Biomedical Research, 2013. Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, 2011

5. Frankincense – This Alpha-pinene in this oil helps with brain health and cognitive communication, listening, speaking, feeding, and swallowing. You can diffuse it or apply it topically to the brain stem in your neck. This oil is a BOSS when it comes to impacting nearly every body system when used. 

6. DDR Prime Blend – This powerhouse antioxidant blend has a combination of Frankincense, Wild Orange, Lemongrass, Thyme, Summer Savory, Clove, Naiouli, Litsea. It’s great for cellular repair and supporting long-term wellness of your child's body. Will help with those children who have attention challenges, sensory differences, sensitivities, and challenges with transitions between activities or daily routines. 

7. Turmeric - Use 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule 2x/day for an older child. Make a roller bottle with 5-8 drops for a younger child and apply 2-3x/day to the brainstem as it will help to create new learning pathways. You can find all these amazing oils here.

My gift to you is an amazing throat spray blend that you can use anytime you need a little throat support. This is the one I recommend to my clients who speak frequently, sing, or even when having a sore throat. 

For more information watch our live video below on Speech Language Pathologists in Your Child’s School. 👇🏼

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