Speech and Language Delay

Speech and Language Delay

Speech and Language therapy relies on evidence-based practice to provide personalized treatment plans in the areas of communication and comprehension and social engagement. Our Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are dedicated to providing your child with the support they need to meet developmental speech and language milestones.

A speech and language delay is defined as a situation that occurs when an infant or toddler reaches developmental milestones at a slightly slower rate than their peers. A speech and language disorder is when a child meets developmental milestones at a significantly slower rate than peers or is demonstrating only scattered skills. It is difficult to tell if a child between the ages of 18 and 30 months has a delay or a disorder. This is why early intervention is so important. Speech and Language delay/disorders are the most common developmental all deferment, affecting ten percent of children. A child with a delay will catch up to peers quickly. once they begin receiving treatment. A child with a speech and language disorder will demonstrate slower progress and benefit greatly from increased support.

If you suspect your child is not meeting developmental milestones, talk with your pediatrician. Your pediatrician may recommend you have your child’s hearing checked, even when it appears your child is hearing well. Children are expert at picking up visual cues, which can make it seem they are hearing when they are not. There may be fluid present in the inner ear, causing them to hear sounds as if they are underwater. Any difficulty with hearing will cause a delay in your child’s speech and language development. Other possible causes of speech and language delay/disorder are: intellectual disabilities, prematurity, auditory processing disorders, neurological disorders, autism, structural problems, and childhood apraxia of speech.

Our Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are committed to providing personalized evidence-based treatment plans designed to support your child in meeting their developmental speech and language goals in the areas of communication, comprehension, and social engagement.