Hard to understand child

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Hard to understand child

Preschoolers can be difficult to understand at times. They develop their ability. We call it intelligibility over the first four to five years of their life. But the time a child is four years old, they should be at 90% intelligible to an untrained ear. Often, parents can understand everything a child says but the untrained ear, the grandparent or the preschool teacher, will often pick up either what we call articulation errors, intelligibility difficulties, in a child. If a child is difficult to understand to an untrained ear, there could be social difficulties occurring in the preschool. They may be difficult to be understood by a peer. Their peers may be therefore frustrated in the communication and they may not be able to then build the social skills using their language.

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Melissa Idelson, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Melissa Idelson, OTR/L has been working as a Sensory Integration trained Occupational Therapist for 22 years. She is the Founder and Director of the Child Success Center (CSC) in Santa Monica CA. CSC recognizes that development and learning challenges are multi-faceted. They offer Occupational, Speech-Language, and Educational Therapy to children birth through 13 years of age; tailored to meet each child and families individual needs. As a child development specialist, Melissa guides parent and child through the development and/or learning process. Her team of highly skilled therapists at CSC know how to put the pieces of the puzzle together to complete each child¹s unique picture, and design a therapy program that will enable them to thrive. Melissa Idelson and the CSC team offer assessment and treatment, along with parent and teacher education for early intervention. 

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