Is Thumb-Sucking Okay For A Child’s Speech? | Pediatric Therapy Tv

In today’s webisode A Pediatric Speech and Language Pathologist gives us the low down on thumb sucking and it’s effects on speech.

In This Video You Will Learn:

  • The effects thumb-sucking can have on a child
  • How to identify dental problems
  • Who to ask if there are speech concerns

Video Transcription:

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Robyn: Hello and welcome to Pediatric Therapy TV. I’m your host, Robyn
Ackerman. Today I’m standing with pediatric speech and language
pathologist Tanya Lotzof. Tanya, can you tell us if it’s okay
for a toddler to suck their thumb?

Tanya: I think it’s more important to consider the possible effects of
thumb-sucking. Thumb-sucking can affect the shape of a child’s
oral cavity. It can also affect how the teeth grow in and their
tongue position.

All of those factors contribute to whether or not they’re going
to have dental problems or speech and language problems. It’s
important to talk to your pediatric dentist and your
pediatrician. If they’re noting that there are concerns going on
they can refer you to a speech language pathologist to address
the speech and language problems or the feeding difficulties.

Robyn: Thank you so much for answering that, and thank you to our
viewers. And remember, keep on blossoming.

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