How will speech-language therapy help my child?
Speech-language therapy improves articulation such as in producing speech sounds and speaking clearly. It is also beneficial if your child is struggling to understand and use language at an age-appropriate level. Without intervention, your child could face difficulties in accessing the curriculum at school and establishing friendships with peers. Language problems are directly related to reading and writing skills. These are crucial to your child’s success at school and in society. Young children who struggle with speech and language development are more likely to experience reading and writing difficulties when they get older. In speech therapy, your child will be empowerd by the Talkie Program to build his oral language comprehension and expression. For younger children below 5 years of age with language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers, our Hanen trained speech therapist will use the It Takes Two to Talk approach that teaches parents practical strategies to build your child’s language skills naturally throughout the day, beyond sessions.
Signs of a language disorder in children :
- Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older)
- Does not babble (4-7 months)
- Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7-12 months)
- Does not understand what others say (7 months-2 years)
- Says only a few words (12-18 months)
- Words are not easily understood (18 months-2 years)
- Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5-3 years)
- Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2-3 years)
- Has trouble with early reading and writing skills (2.5-3 years)