Speech development at home

Have you noticed a change in speech development at home with the current trends of many people moving into apartments? Try reading this post 10 years from now, and you will still agree with me.

Mark my words, this piece of advise will help you and your family in years to come. As adults we remember what we did in our childhood on weekends, after school or during school vacations. We used to visit our cousins, stay over at their place, play a game of cricket with other children or ride a bike to show it off to our friends, collect different cards with friends, etc …

Now think about you or child. How many of you allow him/her to play with your neighboring kids?

At our households, it was necessary to play an active role as a family member. The family meant a lot to us. So our parents always gave us a chance to help each other. We learnt many new skills,told many stories at the family dinner table,etc. There was room for speech development at home.

If you take a look at the Colombo skyline you will realise that it is changing drastically.

Nowadays, many parents in Colombo move in to these apartments with their kids. They do not know the pros and cons of how it will affect their child. Have you ever wondered where they are going to play? Rooftop garden? Do you really allow them to play or do you think it’s too risky?

Pros & Cons on your child’s communication

I have met parents who live in apartments and in single storied houses. As a Speech Language Pathologist is not my duty to take decisions about your life. I don’t mind where you live, but I do care about your child’s Speech and Language development.

Most of the parents realize the truth of it only when we speak to them.They realize the truth of it and say, ” We used to play with other kids and we had a really great time back then.But our kids don’t have that opportunity”.

About speech development

This happens mostly because parents are really worried about the society. We cannot blame them because on a daily basis you hear shocking news. This ripple effect is taking place in many other countries too. Studies on this area suggests that there is a huge risk in parents isolating their children with phones,etc.

That doesn’t mean that we should forget the childhood activities we used to do. We still need to give our children a play time.It should be a time for interaction with peer groups just like what we had when we were kids.

Sometimes you find kids going to the same school/play school but they won’t interact when they are in the apartment. Do you remember how you went to your friends home (who lived 2,3 lanes apart from yours), and asked for permission from their parents to go to the ground to play?

It was very enjoyable for us back then. But does your children know how great it is to unite and play?


Do you realise that your children are not used to going out. To be frank, we don’t find many play grounds like those days. That’s because we are all caught up in a rat race where children are trained to play inside the house. They are not allowed to mingle with the society until they reach a certain age group.

You need to focus more on your kids. Let them have good social interaction and communicate with other kids. Speech development at home is necessary. It will eventually help them to work on their Speech and Language skills.

You can read more details about play from our post. We also recommend you to share this post with any parents who would find this article helpful.

Autism(ඔටිසම්) : Speech Therapy

Autism (ඔටිසම්) වර්තමානයේ සුලබව ඇසෙන තත්ත්වයකි. බොහෝ දෙමාපියන් ඔටිසම් සහ Speech Therapy පිළිබඳව වැඩි අවදානයක් ලබාදේ. මේවන විට බොහොමයක් දරුවන් මෙම තත්වයෙන් පෙලේ. බොහෝ දෙමාපියන්, දරුවාගේ මේ තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳව කලකිරීම නිසා මෙම තත්වය මගහරවා ගැනීමට හෝ අඩු කිරීමට උත්සාහ ගන්නේ නැත.ඇත්තටම “ඔටිසම්” යනු කුමක්ද? ඔටිසම් වල ලක්ශණ මොනවාද යන්න සමහර දෙමාපියන්ගේ දැනුවත්බව තරමක් අඩුය.

අප්‍රේල් මස 2 වන දින , ලෝක ඔටිසම් දැනුවත් කිරීමේ දිනය (World Autism Awareness Day 2020) ලෙස United Nations
විසින් නම් කරන ලදි.

ඔටිසම් තත්වය ඇතිවීමට හේතු බොහෝ ප්‍රමාණයක් තිබිය හැකිය. නමුත් එය නිශ්චිතවම කුමක්ද යන්න කිව නොහැකිය. වර්තමානයේ නව ප්‍රබේදයක ඔටිසම් තත්ත්වයක් හදුනාගෙන ඇත. එනම් Virtual autism, මෙයට ප්‍රධාන හේතුව වන්නේ අධිකව TV, Phone, Tabs නැරඹීමයි.

ඔටිසම් සහිත ලමයකුගේ ලක්ශණ ලමයාගේන් ලමයාට වෙනස් විය හැකි සහ රෝගයේ තිවුරතාවය(Severity) වෙනස්විය හැක.

Autism(ඔටිසම්) ප්‍රධාන ලක්ශණ වන්නේ

  • අදහස් හුවමාරු කිරීම හැකියාව අඩුවීම
  • වෙනත් ලමයින් සමග එකතු නොවීම.(Poor social skills)
  • ඇස් දෙස බලා කථා කිරීම අඩුවීම (Poor eye contact)
  • ඇගිලිවලින්(දබර ඇගිල්ල) පෙන්වීමේ හැකියාව නැතිවීම (No pointing behavior)
  • එකමදේ නැවත නැවත කීම/කිරීම
  • සංගීතයට දැඩි කැමැත්තක් දැකිවීම
  • කැරකෙන දේ වලට වැඩි ආකර්ශන වීම සහ ඒ දෙස වැඩි වේලාවක් බලාසිටීම

මෙම ලක්ශන ලමයාගේන් ලමයාට වෙනස්විය හැක. එම නිසා පුර්ව නිගමනයකට නොපැමිණ, මෙය මගහරවා ගැනීමට කටයුතු කරන්න.

දෙමාපියනි ඔබගේ සහය ඔබගේ දරුවාට අනිවාර්යයෙන්ම අවශ්‍යවේ. ඔබගේ දරුවාට අනාගතයේ තනිව ජීවත්වීමට අවශ්‍ය ලෙස ඔවුන්ව දැන්සිටම සුදානම් කරන්න.මෙවැනි ලමුන්ගේ හැසිරීම් රටාව වෙනස් කිරීම (Behavior modification) මගින් සාර්ථක ප්‍රතිඵල ලබාගත හැක. මීට අමතරව වෙනත් බොහෝ Therapy ක්‍රම වර්තමානයේ පවතී. Speech pathologists/therapists මුනගැසී දෙමාපියන්ට අවශ්‍ය දැනුම හා ලමයාට autism speech therapy ලබාදීම හා එම ක්‍රියාකාරකම් නිවසේදී නැවත කිරීම අත්‍යවශ්‍යය වේ.

ඔබට වඩා හොඳ අවබෝධයක් ලබා ගැනීමට පහත Video නරඹන්න.

ඔබ ඔබගේ දරුවාට Autism ඇති දැයි සැක කරනවා නම් කරුණාකර පහත Link එකේ ඇති ප්‍රශ්න නිවැරදිව කියවා පිළිතුරු ලබා දෙන්න. අපගේ කථන චිකිත්සකවරයෙකු ඔබව සම්බන්ධ කරගනී. මෙම අවස්ථාවෙන් උපරිම ප්‍රයෝජන ලබා ගන්න.

මෙම ලිපිය වැදගත්වේ යැයි සිතන්නේ නම් මෙය තවත් අයෙකු සමග බෙදා ගන්න ….

Autism is unique


I am writing this just to say, how each child with autism spectrum disorder who are in the same age group is different from one another before they start a speech therapy session.

Characteristics of autism is different and its unique. Because of that, parents will ignore some of the behaviors of the Autism Spectrum Disorder which their child shows. So keep in mind that children with autism are unique.

The plot

There were 4 children who were diagnosed as autistic and these are few characteristics which they showed during that time and all were in a room with few toys.

Here comes the first. He keeps running around the room. Then he explains each and everything around him and he associates it to his day to day life.
He saw a picture of a cake, he start saying “Let’s make a cake” he again say “I’ll eat cake” then he utter the word “Chocolate”.

All these he told without any help, it was totally independent. He talk to himself and he try to associate things around what he saw, in that case it was a “cake”.

Then he grabs a toy and shows it to others and ask “play play” and asking other kids to join. At times he calls by name of a kid also. He also read some words from a book.

While he was doing all these activities the other girl was sitting next to her father and reading a newspaper. She was not concentrating about other kids who was talking or anything that was happening around her.

The third kid watching all these silently didn’t utter a word but he was smiling with everyone and making faces with me. After 10-15 min he spoke few words with me very softly. As I understood he wanted to play with other kids and but he didn’t want to ask. So he mainly lacks communication skills & social interaction.

Last child grabs a toy and he starts playing with it on the floor. He keeps doing this action again and again without any interaction with children around him.

Take home message; each child have different phases. As parents, speech therapists or any other professional, we need to understand it and help them to grow.

I am sure that you will have another story to tell us, so share your experience about your super kid and let others understand about it.

Keep in mind that children who falls on autism spectrum disorder are unique and we need to address their issue in unique way.