5 Speech Therapy Myths for New Parents with a Special Needs Child

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Speech Therapy Myths

Are you a new parent of a special needs child in need of speech therapy? We explain five of the most common speech therapy myths to put your mind at ease.

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is a vital tool for helping children with developmental delays. It can help children overcome the challenges they face daily by improving their communication skills. For example, children who struggle to use words and sounds effectively can benefit greatly from speech therapy interventions. These approaches can enhance their ability to speak clearly and articulate their thoughts. Speech therapists are well-equipped to address any issue related to feeding and swallowing in young children, as these professionals understand the intricacies of these important processes. 

MYTH: Speech therapy is just playing games with kids.

Kids learn through play so, playing with toys and games is therapy in disguise. 

MYTH: Speech therapy is expensive.

If you have Medicaid for your child, the therapy services at Tender Care are FREE!

MYTH: Anyone can perform speech therapy.

Speech therapy can only be performed by a licensed professional that has experience and a Speech therapy degree. Therefore, not any healthcare professional can perform this therapy. 

MYTH: Speech therapy only work with children with lisps and stutters.

Speech therapy works for children with lisps and stutters, but other speech and communication disorders also require speech therapy. Some examples are kids with a cleft palate or have difficulty swallowing. 

MYTH: My child will grow out of their speech disorder.

They may outgrow their speech disorder, but that is not always the case. It is better to be on the safe side and bring them to a speech therapist.

Speech Therapy at Tender Care PPEC

At Tender Care, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality speech therapy service available to help them achieve their fullest potential. Whether your child is struggling with speaking or eating and drinking, our experienced team can help you find the right solution for them. We believe in using play-based and developmental age-based activities along with therapy strategies to encourage the children’s interest and development of new skills for their growth, safety, comfort, and independence. 

We are proud to say our pediatric speech-language pathologists offer the latest skilled treatment to improve your child’s quality of life.

Tender Care Physical Therapy

Why should my child go to Tender Care PPEC?

Tender Care PPEC provides care for medically complex and fragile children from birth to 21 years of age in a daycare-like environment staffed with nurses, CNAs, and therapists. We are the first independently owned PPEC in the State of Florida with our initial center opening in 1988. This means we have an abundance of experience and knowledge in providing loving care to this special pediatric population. We have 6 Tender Care PPEC centers throughout Florida, with our newest facility located in Lake Park.

Our goal is to enhance the development of each child through collaborative relationships between families, physicians, nurses, and therapists. This holistic approach to care is carried out in an environment that allows the child to engage in social interactions with their peers. This results in thriving children, well-positioned to achieve their greatest potential. We also offer transportation at no cost and provide nutritious meals throughout the day. 

What sets us apart is that we care for and treat every child like family. We have passion in our hearts for our children and a desire to see them succeed.

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*This is not medical advice, always consult with your child’s doctor before making any changes to their lifestyle. 


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