Commonly Asked Questions about Speech Language Therapy

We recently recorded a video for our website to address the most commonly asked questions regarding speech / language therapy for children or adults.

We thought this video will be very useful for many parents out there thinking about speech therapy and if they should enrol their child. The transcript of the video is provided below. Please share and like this video.

Hello, welcome to Leo Magan. We are a speech and language therapy centre that provides help for children right up to adults with speech, language or social skills difficulties. So today I’ll like to share some questions that parents may have about speech and language therapy—some commonly asked questions, and share with you how we can help.

Most parents probably expect that “I think I might have difficulties teaching my child high school Chemistry” or “I might have difficulties teaching my child Algebra”.

But when parents find themselves in the situation where they are not able to teach their little two or three year-old, and not able to help them to get from the first words, or maybe getting from words to sentences, or maybe even just coaching their regular year 1 or primary 2 children with their schoolwork, it’s very worrying and frustrating, and also very puzzling.

One question that many parents have for me is how does speech and language therapy work? What do we actually do?

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Is your child struggling with vocabulary in comprehension and writing in school?

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Does your child have trouble expressing himself or herself in school using the correct vocabulary?

Do you have difficulty in understanding what your child wants because he or she does not know the right vocabulary to use?

Does he or she have limited vocabulary and struggle to learning new vocabulary in comprehension and writing?

Your child may be suffering from Speech Language Impairment (SLI)

What is Speech Language Impairment? 
SLI is not caused by low IQ, sensory issues such as hearing impairment, or other conditions such as autism (ASD). It is not the same as dyslexia which is a specific difficulty in learning to read.

SLI is one of the most common learning disabilities, occurring in 7% of children. (compared to stuttering or ASD which only affect about 1% of the population.)
Children with SLI have impaired language skills in these areas:
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Why your 2 or 3 year old has speech difficulty and how to help him – FAQ

Our speech language therapist answers questions on why your 2 or 3 year old may have speech & language and social skills difficulties. Follow up to our previous video on the same subject.

Hello and welcome! My name is Magan Chen and I’m a speech and language therapist (speech pathologist). Welcome to this video! This video is actually a follow-up to a previous video – Why your 2 or 3 year old has speech difficulty and how to help him or her. It has proven to be a very popular video. Thank you very much for your comments and discussion.

So I thought I would like to address some of the concerns that were brought up and hopefully give parents more information so that you can take further action.

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Why your 2 or 3 Year-Old has Speech Difficulty and How to Help Him

We introduce LeoMagan’s most popular video – Why your 2 or 3 Year-Old has Speech Difficulty and How to Help Him, which has garnered over 76,000 views on Youtube. This video discusses why your child may have speech and language difficulties and talks about what speech therapy is about.

With the great interest we have received, we gratefully share with you the full transcript of this video. We hope that this would allow you to understand speech and language issues more clearly.

We thank you for your interest and kind comments. Do share this video with your friends and loved ones!

Hi, my name is Magan Chen, I’m a speech and language therapist and today I’m recording this short video to share with parents why their 2 or 3 may be having difficulty with speech, language or social skills, and also share a little bit about what speech therapy is about.

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Why Your Primary School Child May Be Struggling in School Even Though He or She Does Not Have Dyslexia

Our speech language therapist helps teachers and parents understand more about children with speech articulation difficulties and shares some teaching tips

SLI refers Specific Language Impairment that is not caused by low IQ, sensory issues such as hearing impairment, or other conditions such as ASD. It is also different from dyslexia, which is a reading difficulty, even though some children may have both.

SLI occurs in 7% of children, making it one of the most common learning disabilities. In contrast, stuttering or ASD affects only 1% of the population.

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Tips To Help Your Child Score More Marks In Oral

Hi we are posting this again, because it’s almost time for Oral English Exams 🙂

Starting from 2014, students in Primary 5 and younger will have a new format for Oral English (including PSLE Oral).

The new Oral Exam format -more conversation, less monologue

Instead of having a picture to look at and describe, the Oral is now a ‘Stimulus-Conversation’.

Your child will have a so-called ‘graphic stimulus’. This may be a picture showing a book-cover, it may be an advertisement, it may be a notice, or some form of visual information.

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Recommended Videos for Pre-schoolers

Here are some recommended videos which can help your child to improve expressive and receptive language skills.

1. Wake Up! Daily Routines Song for Kids

This song would be useful to help your child improve expressive and receptive language skills,i.e listening comprehension and expressive speech skills. Your child can learn to talk about daily routines.

2. Phonics (ABC) Song For Kids

This song would be useful to help your child learn the letters of the alphabets and the sounds for them.

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Visualising in Reading


Do you have a child that has difficulty with reading comprehension? He or she may be able to read a story aloud, fluently and confidently. However, if you ask her a question, or try to discuss the story, you may find that your child does not know what is happening in the story.

Or you may have a child who is able to answer ‘direct questions’ where the answers are found in the story, but struggles in school as he progresses to higher grades in school, and questions become less direct and involves ‘making inferences’ from what he reads.

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Top 3 Tips To Address Language Difficulties In Maths Word Problems

Have you ever found yourself losing your patience or temper when coaching your child with Maths word problems or story problems?

You may find that your child has no difficulty with actually adding or subtracting numbers, but they are not interpreting the word problem correctly and not adding the right numbers, or adding when they should subtract etc.

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Common Myths about dyslexia and Different types of dyslexia

Dyslexia is commonly confused by many as a generic ‘reversing of alphabets’ when a child reads or writes. One of the many misconceptions, dyslexia is not as straightforward as it seems, and does not occur only in children.

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