When children don’t develop the ability to make sounds or have proper language skills at the same rate as other children their age, they may be diagnosed with speech delays.  It’s not uncommon, as one out of every five children will learn to use language later than other children.  But for parents and children alike, it can be a frustrating experience.  Parents want to do everything they can to help their children succeed, while children can become easily aggravated when they can’t seem to express what it is they want to say.  There are many options to help a child with speech delays, including one that you may not have thought of: chiropractic care.

What Causes Speech Delays?

Speech delays can be caused by a number of different things.  Children could have problems hearing which can affect their speech. They may also have a problem with their tongue being able to form different sounds or words.  Learning disabilities or developmental disorders such as dyspraxia, autism, or cerebral palsy can all affect a child’s ability to speak.  Speech therapy is a great option for helping children learn to develop letters, sounds, and speech.  But sometimes a child’s ability to speak may not be progressing as it should, even with speech therapy.  There is a link between the brain and spinal cord that can cause speech delays.  Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor can perform an assessment and begin chiropractic adjustments to further help the brain develop proper speech.

Central Nervous System Function Improves Speech Delays

The central nervous system is composed of the brain and the spinal cord.  When the central nervous system is functioning optimally, your body is functioning optimally as well, including the part of the brain that controls speech.  Spinal misalignments, or out of place vertebrae, can cause nerve interference that leads to miscommunication between the brain and the spinal cord, causing speech delays.  These abnormalities of the spine will affect the central nervous system and the communication between the brain and other parts of the body.  Scientists are finding out more and more about the relationship between a healthy spine and developmental disorders, making chiropractic a great option for improving speech delays. Gentle and safe chiropractic adjustments from Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic will correct spinal misalignments to remove nerve interference and restore proper function of the central nervous system, improving speech delays and overall health.

Speech Delay Success Stories

Through research, many people have found hope for improving speech delays.  Chiropractic case studies show the success of chiropractic care for helping children with speech delays.  In one case study, a two-year-old boy presented as non-verbal, with no language patterns normal for a boy his age.  His main form of communication was through gestures.  After 8 weeks of regular chiropractic care, he began to make considerable progress in speech.  He was able to produce more sounds and words, interacted better with other children, and became more affectionate towards his parents as he was able to express himself better.  In another case study, a four-year-old boy with dyspraxia also improved his speech through chiropractic care.  After just 8 visits, he was learning approximately 20 new words a week and had hundreds of new words in his vocabulary after 15 visits.

If you are concerned about your child’s speech, Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor wants to help!  Contact the team at Greater Life Chiropractic to learn more about improving spinal health for speech delays.

 

 

Sources

“New Research Sheds Light on Chiropractic, Speech & Developmental Delay”, The Chronicle of Chiropractic; 2016. http://chiropractic.prosepoint.net/142701

Troy, J., Dennis, T., Cade, A. “Developmental advancements following chiropractic care in a four-year-old child with dyspraxia and associated developmental delays: A case report”, Journal of Clinical Chiorpractic Pediatrics; 2014. http://jccponline.com/developmental-advancements.html

Dorough, A. “Early intervention: Improvement in motor developmental speech delay in a 2-year-old male following chiropractic care: a case report”. Journal of Clinicla Chiropractic Pediatrics 2018; 17(2):1444-1448. http://jccponline.com/Dorough.pdf