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Look Who’s Talking Now: Fish oil capsules h elp children with speech disorders find their voices

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    Look Who’s Talking Now: Fish oil capsules help children with speech disorders find their voices EngleMed A simple fish oil supplement may
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2010
      Look Who’s Talking Now: Fish oil capsules help children with speech disorders find their voices
      A simple fish oil
      supplement may be the key to dramatically unlock the voices of children
      with speech and language disorders.
      That’s the conclusion of a group of scientists
      who reviewed a study of nineteen youngsters suffering from various
      speech problems. The children, ranging in age from two years to eight
      years, were given a fish oil supplement containing a mixture of omega-3
      and omega-6 essential fatty acids ( EFAs ).
      Speech-language pathologists who monitored the children reported
      significant improvements within just a few weeks. The improvements were
      noted not only in the children’s ability to talk, but also in their
      behavior, ability to focus, and in maintaining eye contact.
      Now the scientists, brought together by the Cherab
      Foundation, a major nonprofit group for children with speech disorders,
      are calling for a large-scale clinical trial to validate these initial
      “The results were dramatic,” says developmental
      pediatrician Marilyn C. Agin, M.D., medical director of the New
      Jersey-based foundation, who also reported similar results in ten
      anecdotal cases. “They strongly suggest that EFA supplementation
      combined with speech and occupational therapy could become the
      treatment of choice in multifaceted communication disorders.”
      Until now children with severe speech disorders such as apraxia,
      a neurologically-based condition, have required years of intensive
      one-on-one therapy-often with painfully slow progress. “But now, with
      EFA supplementation, the future for these children may be much
      brighter-and sooner rather than later,” says Lori L. Roth, M.S.,
      CCC/SLP, a speech pathologist with the Cherab foundation.
      The amazing potential of EFA supplementation came to
      light when the nonprofit group’s president, Lisa Geng, used it with her
      three-year-old son, Tanner.
      After just three weeks his vocabulary exploded. “It was the
      breakthrough we had been praying for. It was incredible,” says Lisa.
      Why does this supplementation work? The experts
      believe that the speech disorders are the result of a breakdown in
      communication between the brain and the muscles in the mouth, tongue
      and jaw that have to work together to produce speech. Essential fatty
      acids, especially the omega-3 DHA and the omega-6 fatty ARA, are highly
      necessary for brain development. Most children obtain them-during the
      most critical times of brain development-directly from their mothers
      while they are still in the womb and subsequently while being
      breast-fed. Any deficiency can result in permanent neurodevelopmental
      deficits in the growing infant.
      “Therefore, essential fatty acid supplementation in
      neurodevelopmental speech disorders could correct a specific deficit in
      the speech center of the central nervous system,” says Robert Katz,
      Ph.D., Cherab’s director of EFA research.
      The panel of experts who reviewed the study included
      scientists from the NIH, Johns Hopkins University, Kennedy Krieger
      Institute, University of Kansas, and Oxford University, England. They
      join a growing group of researchers who are heralding the benefits of
      essential fatty acid supplementation for a wide range of brain-related
      problems including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia,
      attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and even
      Alzheimer’s disease and autism.

      The Cherab Foundation is a world-wide nonprofit
      organization working to improve the communication skills and education
      of all children with speech and language delays and disorders. Our area
      of emphasis is verbal and oral apraxia, severe neurologically-based
      speech and language disorders that hinder children’s ability to speak.
      The Cherab Foundation is committed to assisting with
      the development of new therapeutic approaches, preventions and cures to
      neurologically-based speech disorders. We bring together parents and
      medical, research, and educational professionals. Please join us and
      help to give our children a smile and a voice.

      The Cherab Foundation
      P.O. Box 8524

      Port St. Lucie, Florida 34952-8524

      Phone: 772-335-5135

      Thanks for reading!

      Eva Witkowska
      Early Intervention Specialist

      "A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives." - Jackie Robinson

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