Speech and language delays occur when developing children do not meet their expected milestones for their age. Delayed speech or language development is very common among young children, affecting about 10% of preschoolers.
How do I know if my child has a speech or language delay? The first thing you should do is take a look at our speech and language milestones. This will allow you to view what is normal expected speech and language development.
There are other factors to consider as well. If there is a history of speech or language delays in the family, or your child has had chronic otitis media (middle ear infections), you should speak with a speech and language pathologist and convey your concerns. Our Brooklyn Speech Therapists will determine if your child needs further evaluation and therapy. You can send us an email here.
What can I do to help improve my child's speech and language?
There are a number of things that parents can do at home to hep facilitate speech and language development. With very young infants, encourage consonant and vowel production, through repetitive modeling (i.e. "gaga", "baba", "dada"). Help encourage eye contact by rewarding your baby with a smile and a vocalization. As your child grows and uses single words, help expand his utterances. When your child uses one word, expand that word into a sentence with varied intonation. Use simple speech with your child, with uncomplicated syntax and simple vocabulary. Name body parts, identify colors and shapes, and ask questions. Use all opportunities for speech and language development. Be sure to use car rides, bath time, feeding time, and dressing time to have conversations with your child and introduce new vocabulary.
Lastly, one of the most rewarding and important things a parent can do at home to facilitate a child's speech and language development is to READ!!! Be sure to use age-appropriate books that are colorful and have large pictures. It is crucial to develop pre-literacy skills early on. One out of every five children suffer from reading failure (Sally Shaywitz, M.D., 2004).
Brooklyn Speech Therapy for Children with Speech and Language Delays
Our Speech Language Pathologists provide comprehensive speech and language evaluations , as well as therapy programs and interventions for building early literacy skills.
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To contact our Brooklyn Speech Therapy Center, call 347-871-8533 or send us an email here.