Communication is vital to a child’s wellbeing and development, but
children with cerebral palsy may struggle to develop their language skills
as easily as other children. About 20% of children with cerebral palsy
have severe communication impairment, but many children diagnosed with
cerebral palsy experience some level of speech disruption. It is important
to support the development of communication skills in children with cerebral
palsy for their cognitive and emotional development. If left without the
ability to communicate, children can struggle with depression, isolation,
and other related issues.
Children who have been diagnosed with cerebral palsy stand a significant
risk of delayed speech development or other communication difficulties.
Often, these difficulties include problems generating speech, gestures,
facial expression, understanding spoken language, and using their voice.
Cerebral palsy causes issues with muscle control, including causing spasms,
weakness, limited range of motion, and slow movement. Children with cerebral
palsy may have a difficult time controlling their fine motor skills and
Disruptions in communication development can be caused by:
- speech-motor control difficulties
- cognition deficits
- language acquisition issues
- sensation perception impairments
It is unlikely the children outgrow their difficulties as they age, but
early intervention is often beneficial to aiding language development.
Most language issues can be caught as early as when the child is 2 years
old, so it is important for parents of children with cerebral palsy to
have a comprehensive speech and language assessment by that age. A speech
pathologist can help parents come up with a plan to build their child’s
language skills, including speech therapy and augmentative and alternative
communication (AAC) methods.
Language development interventions for children with cerebral palsy can
help them improve their communication skills, including expressive and
receptive communication using AAC methods such as sign language or speech
generating devices. Speech therapy can help children learn to express
themselves, build vocabulary, and refine motor control skills. AAC methods
can provide severely impaired children with other methods to communicate
and express themselves.
Early intervention is important for the emotional, social, and language
development of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Speech therapy
and other methods of communication will allow for communication between
children and their parents, allowing for a closer bond, as well as building
a foundation for them to participate successfully in school.
Like many birth injuries, cerebral palsy may be preventable. If your child
was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a birth injury, you may be able
to claim compensation. The actions of negligent medical personnel can
have life-changing consequences for your family, and you deserve help
paying for your child’s medical expenses. At Beam & Raymond,
we understand the difficulties facing your family. We are dedicated to
being a voice for those affected by birth injuries. Contact our team of
Chicago birth injury attorneys today for a free consultation regarding