What is a genetic disorder?
A genetic disorder is a disease present from birth and is quite rare, often affecting only one person in every several thousand or million. Genetic disorders are usually hereditary and are caused by changes to the DNA.
There are many different types of genetic disorders, all with different features of their own.
Some of the commonly seen genetic disorders include:
- Prader-Willi Syndrome
- Williams Syndrome
- Angelman Syndrome
- Kabuki Syndrome
- Cornelia deLange Syndrome
- CRIduCHAT Syndrome
Common experiences of a child with a genetic disorder
If your child was born with a genetic disorder, you may notice certain behaviors that are different from other children. For example, they may lack interest in activities others their age enjoy or may find it hard to engage in particular activities they find difficult or in which they have experienced failure. Your child may have poor social skills, be easily distracted, or easily frustrated when completing tasks. You may also notice your child has…
- Reduced self-esteem
- Poor understanding of the conventions of social interaction
- Poor articulation of sounds
- Difficulties reading and writing
- Immature play skills/interests
- Anxiety when asked to participate in difficult activities
- Seeking out younger children to play with as their skills are of a similar level and they feel more confident playing with them
- Complaining something is ‘too hard’ or ‘I can’t do it’ when presented with motor activities
- Resisting changes in how or when tasks are done as changes present new situations/tasks that require planning and new learning.
- Poor non-verbal communication
- Poor understanding of instructions, questions or jokes
- Difficulty with fine and gross motor skills
How Speech Therapy Can Help with a Genetic Disorder
Every child with a genetic disorder faces unique challenges, so the course of speech therapy recommended will vary on a case-by-case basis. The first appointment at Therapy Solutions will involve lots of discussion about your child’s diagnosis and challenges, along with some mild tests. Once we know the specific issues your child is facing and have assessed them with some simple speech and language tests, we will be able to design a tailor-made speech therapy regimen for them.
Speech therapy can help your child improve their speech and communication skills. This enables them to want to communicate, boosting morale and their purpose in life. The goal is to help your child enjoy life to the fullest, despite their disability.
We Are Here for You
Therapy Solutions, located in Dickinson, Killdeer, and Richardton, ND, is ready to help if your child has a genetic disorder. Our speech therapists are specialized in working with children who face unique challenges (and their parents), so please reach out to schedule an appointment today!