If you are questioning whether your child's speech and language skills are where they should be for their age, or feel that they are struggling with following directions or learning at preschool, please don't hesitate to call. Doctors have said that a mother's or parent intuition is often correct. Given language learning occurs within a critical period, it is not advised that you take a "Wait and See" approach.
Getting the right support early in your child's development is key. Critical components of language learning occurs within the first three years of a child's life. A solid foundation in your child's communication skills is central in their ability to learn; through play and social experiences, and in more formal experiences at school.
Understanding the language milestones your child should be progressing through will help to ensure your child gets the help he or she needs.
Your baby’s speech and language skills (birth to 30 months)
If your child is presenting with concerns in any area, please do not hesitate to call.
School – aged children with hearing or speech and language disorders may often be first identified as a student with a behavioural problem. The teacher may describe that the child is not following through with school work, is distracted during group work, is daydreaming during class, or their overall performance may be described as unpredictable. These descriptions may be indicative of a more profound hearing or language disorder.
Parents may get that "gut feeling" that something is going on at school. Early detection of hearing or speech and language difficulties is the key to successful treatment. Pay close attention to the way your child responds to questions and uses language to interact with his peers.
Should any of the following be present in your school aged child's development, please do not hesitate to call:
Your child's speech is not understood 90 to 100% of the time.
Doesn’t have all English speech sounds mastered by age 7.
Speaks using incomplete sentences.
Difficulties telling stories or describing to you what happened at school
Seems unable to follow verbal directions.
Has difficulties remembering his daily routines (e.g. dressing routine, school entrance routine, bedtime routine)
Has difficulty playing and communicating with friends.
May appear frustrated.
Avoids, stumbles or gets stuck on certain words.
Voice is frequently hoarse or throat frequently hurts.
Is unable to control the volume of his/herspeech appropriately.