Why I Love Teaching Kids to Speak

Lynn Marsh | June 5, 2017

Without a doubt, I play with more toys at the age of 30 than when I was 5. My entourage of teaching tools include cars that race, hippos that are hungry, a mouse that gets trapped, and balls that stick to the cabinet. Anything that will motivate a child to make a sound, say a word, or simply reach for the toy will do. I am a speech-language pathologist at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where I treat children who have communication and vocal deficits.

In the beginning, when the world was created, it was very good (Gen. 1:31). But today it is broken. Some of my patients have altered minds from an accident or drug exposure. Others have inherited genetic disorders. Still others don’t know the cause of their disorder.

Yet in a world of suffering, I see life and hope in improved communication. 

Danny was only saying vowels at the age of 3, yet was speaking like his peers by age 5. Sarah couldn’t breathe during her races due to vocal cord dysfunction; now, after education and training, she can. Stephen began saying only a few words; now he’s learning near age-level standards. Michael was afraid to speak in front of the…

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