The most critical years of language development are in the first five years of a child’s life. The brain is developing rapidly and children are most receptive to learning. This is not a time to “wait and see” if a child will grow out of it. Studies have shown that receiving early intervention can reduce or even eliminate future communication challenges.
“ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”- Benjamin Franklin
Differences Between Speech & Language Disorders
Children who have trouble understanding what others say (receptive language) or difficulty sharing their thoughts (expressive language) may have a language disorder. Specific language impairment (SLI) is a language disorder that delays the mastery of language skills. Some children with SLI may not begin to talk until their third or fourth year.
Children who have trouble producing speech sounds correctly when talking may have a speech disorder. Apraxia of speech is a motor-speech disorder that interferes with putting sounds and syllables together in the correct order to form words.
Speech Language Pathologists can help your child reach their potential. Our therapists are able to conduct a detailed evaluation to determine the best plan for your child.
Milestones for speech and language development?
Every child learns to speak at his or her own pace, general milestones can serve as a guide to normal speech and language development.