Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the Talking Brains Center. We understand that navigating the complexities of speech and language development as well as psychomotor development can be challenging for parents and caregivers. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions to provide you with accurate, helpful information right at your fingertips.

In this section, you’ll find answers to a wide range of queries, from understanding speech and language milestones to identifying when to seek help from a professional. Whether you’re curious about the types of therapies we offer, wondering about the signs of speech delay, or seeking advice on how to support your child’s communication skills at home, our FAQ is here to guide you.

Our aim is to empower you with knowledge so you can make informed decisions about your child’s speech and language development as well as their psychomotor development. If you have questions that are not addressed here, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. We’re here to support you and your child every step of the way.

At TBC, we provide therapy sessions to help clients overcome mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as occupational therapy, psychomotor and speech therapy.

At TBC, our Lebanese Therapists in Dubai provide therapy sessions in Arabic, French, and English.

  • If your child is exhibiting the following symptoms: 
    • Frequent temper tantrums
    • Defiance – refusing to follow directions
    • Verbal and/or physical aggression
    • Destruction of toys and/or family belongings
    • Backtalk or sassing adults
    • Whining or crying for no apparent reason
    • Constantly seeking attention
    • Hyperactivity
    • Interrupting others
    • Short attention span
    • Difficulty with behaviors at school, preschool, and/or daycare
  • Speech therapy is treatment that improves your child’s ability to talk and use other language skills. It helps them express their thoughts and understand what other people are saying to them. It can also improve skills like memory and ability to solve problems. Psychomotor therapy is a body-mind interactive model that analyses the present-day effect of traumatic memories and helps people work to create new memories to offset emotional deficiencies experienced in the past.
  • Play therapy is a model that establishes an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development. Play therapists learn much through observation, including how the child handles separation from the caregiver when the child is brought into the therapy room such as gauging the child’s level of attachment.
  • Bring them to an early intervention specialist so that you can understand how to meet the needs of your child and start treatment early. 
  • Play with your child as this encourages cooperation, creativity, problem-solving, independence, and improves fine and gross motor skills. 
  • Include visual cues when giving directions: Incorporating visual supports, such as physically modelling a task, labels, or boundary marker on a floor helps a child with a developmental delay child better understand what is expected of them, so they are less likely to engage in problematic behavior.
  • Set a daily routine: Schedules and routines are even more critical for children who are working with some sort of developmental delay, who can become overwhelmed by simple daily tasks, such as packing a backpack or using the toilet. 
  • It depends on the skills to be assessed. 
  • Therapy for children typically involves emotional processing, skill building, and parental support. 
  • Emotional processing: Many child therapists will start out with engaging ways to teach children emotional expression skills. In addition to having words to name their experiences, therapy with young children provides them age-appropriate ways to process their daily stressors and past experiences.
  • Skill building: After your child has a good foundation of emotional literacy, they can begin to learn skills that help them with the concern that brought them in.
  • Language therapy is a broad term used to describe the various kinds of therapy a SLP can provide. It addresses the following areas: 
    • Listening Skills: How your child can understand what is being said to her and follow directions
    • Grammar Skills: Your child’s ability to use grammatical markers to form complete sentences
    • Vocabulary Skills: Your child’s knowledge of what things are called and her ability to understand those words when spoken as well as to recall and say the word when needed
    • Question Skills: Your child’s ability to answer and ask questions with a variety of structures
    • Social Language Skills (Pragmatics): Your child’s ability to use language to interact with others and follow social rules of conversation and play
    • Literacy/Book Skills: Your child’s ability to read and write or use pre-reading skills such as book handling, recognizing print, etc.
  • The effective registration of sensory input in the environment (including one’s body). It is the way the brain receives, organises, and responds to sensory input to behave in a meaningful & consistent manner.
  • When he/she is 3 years or older. Some children appear to favor one hand for a while and then switch and switch back again as they figure out, through trial and error, which hand is easier to use. 
  • For most toddlers and preschoolers, stuttering disfluencies go away on their own after a while. However, if your child has been stuttering longer than 6 months, it is unlikely to go away. It is most common in boys and persists into adulthood in boys than girls. 
  • A tutor helps students acquire academic material by teaching the strategies and specific material. Tutors reinforce information taught in the classroom, help students use specific strategies for specific tasks and help students finish academic tasks. The goal of tutoring is to help children and adults access material they have learned in school. A SLP helps clients learn academic subjects, but the focus of therapy is to improve a specific area of speech, language, or executive function skills.
  • Studies show that vaccines are not associated with Autism. 
  • Children develop at their own unique pace, so while some children are early talkers, others start talking a little later. Usually, your child’s paediatrician will monitor which speech and language milestones your child has met to determine if they’re on a relatively normal schedule. As a parent, you should be able to understand 50% of your child’s speech when they turn 2 and 75% when turn 3-4 years old. 
  • To test reading fluency, kids are given paragraphs or a list of words to read out loud. Their score is how many words they can read in a minute. The score reports how accurate they are and how fast they are. it can be a concern if kids have trouble understanding letter-sound relationships or blending sounds together to read. There are some common learning and thinking differences that can affect a child’s reading rate. Slow processing speed can also affect it. So, if you think your child is struggling, don’t hesitate to talk to the teacher.
  • Under 2 years old: Zero screen time, except for video chatting with family or friends
  • 2-5 years old: No more than one hour per day co-viewing with a parent or sibling
  • 5-17 years old: Generally no more than two hours per day, except for homework. 
  • Turn off screens and remove them from bedrooms 30-60 minutes before bedtime.
  • Speech therapy do not help children speak, they improve their oral language, written language, description, forming and using sentences. 

If your question remains unanswered or if you prefer a more direct interaction, please don’t hesitate to send us a message. Our dedicated team is here to provide you with the support and information you need. Whether through our blog or direct communication, we’re committed to assisting you in fostering your child’s communication skills.