Speech language therapy provides life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are allied health professionals.
Could your child have a Speech-language delay?
When a child isn’t developing speech and language at an expected rate this is called a speech and language delay. It is a common problem that affects an estimated 10% of preschool children.
Note that every child develops at his or her own pace. However, if your child doesn’t talk as much as most children of the same age, the problem may be speech delay.
Does your child have trouble with:
- Pronouncing the correct sounds in speech
- Putting sentences together
- Show frustration with not being able to tell you things
- Using grammar in speech
- Trouble remembering what someone says
- Following directions
- Expressing their thoughts and ideas
- Finding the right words to say
If so, your child could be speech-language delayed and would benefit from Speech Language Therapy.
Parents often become concerned when their child is isn’t talking, yet other children their age are. Again, there is no exact time table for speech development, a parent should probably seek a professional evaluation from a Speech Language Therapist for their child if they are not speaking by age 2. Most children develop their first word/words by around 12-18 months. Most 2-21/2 year olds use 2-word utterances on average (i.e., want cookie) and have a vocabulary of at least several hundred words. Children with a history of ear infections/ear fluid problems are at higher risk for speech problems, as are boys. Parents know their children best. When a parent has a gut feeling that “something just isn’t right” they often have valid concerns. The earlier problems are identified, the quicker and the better the prognosis for a child.
We offer Speech Language Therapy with a focus on:
- Reading and listening comprehension
- Word-finding problems
- Speech and Writing Skills
- Problem Solving and reasoning
- Social Pragmatic Skills
- Speech Delays/Disorders
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