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Does My Child have a Speech and Language Delay or Disorder?

The following are signs that may indicate that your child has a speech and/or language delay or disorder and some suggestions on how you can help your child at home.

Signs of Speech and Language Delays and Disorders

Signs of common speech and language disorders in adults and children between birth to 4 years of age, an important stage in early detection of communication disorders:

Children: Signs of a Language Delay/ Disorder

  • 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)

Ways to Help with Language Disorders

  • Listen and respond to your child
  • Talk, read, and play with your child
  • Talk with your child in the language you are most comfortable using
  • Know it is good to teach your child to speak a second language
  • Talk about what you are doing and what your child is doing
  • Use a lot of different words with your child
  • Use longer sentences as your child gets older
  • Have your child play with other children

Children: Signs of a Speech Sound Delay/Disorder

  • Says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words (1-2 years)
  • Says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectly in words (2-3 years)
  • Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2-3 years)

Ways to Help with Speech Sound Disorders

  • Say the sounds correctly when you talk—it is okay if your child makes some mistakes with sounds
  • Do not correct speech sounds—it is more important to let your child keep talking

Children: Signs of Stuttering (Dysfluency)

  • Struggles to say sounds or words (2.5-3 years)
  • Repeats first sounds of words—"b-b-b-ball" for "ball" (2.5-3 years)
  • Pauses a lot while talking (2.5-3 years)
  • Stretches sounds out—"f-f-f-f-farm" for "farm" (2.5-3 years)

Ways to Help with Stuttering (Dysfluency)

  • Give your child time to talk
  • Do not interrupt or stop your child while he or she is speaking
  • See an SLP if you are concerned (Many young children stutter for a short period of time. In most cases, the stuttering will stop.)

Website Resources

The following are resources that parents may use to learn more about the services provided by our therapists and the delays their child may exhibit.

Identify the Signs:
http://identifythesigns.org/the-signs

ASHA:
http://www.asha.org/public/development/chart

Attention Deficit Disorder/ADHD/ADD:
CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
http://www.chadd.org

Apraxia:
Apraxia Kids
http://apraxia-kids.org

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC):
AAC Institute
http://www.aacinstitute.org


International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication
https://www.isaac-online.org/english/home

Autism:
Autism-PDD Resources Network
http://www.autism-pdd.net


Autism Society of America
http://www.autism-society.org


Autism Speaks
http://www.autismspeaks.org


TEACCH
http://www.teacch.com


NC Autism Society
http://www.autismsociety-nc.org/


Asperger's Disorders
www.aspergers.com

Articulation:
Speech Development Information
http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/SpeechSoundDisorders

Early Literacy:
Zero to Three
http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/early-language-literacy/earlyliteracy2pagehandout.pdf

Starfall
www.starfall.com

Feeding and Swallowing:
http://www.asha.org/public/speech/swallowing/FeedSwallowChildren.htm

Sign Language
Signing Time
www.signingtime.com

Stuttering and Fluency
The Stuttering Foundation
http://www.stutteringhelp.org/


We Stutter
http://www.westutter.org/

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P.O. Box 2417
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Speech Therapy Services

Receptive Language Therapy
Expressive Language Therapy
Articulation/ Phonology
Pre-Literacy/ Phonological Awareness
Feeding Therapy
Swallowing Therapy
Oral Motor Therapy
Fluency/Stuttering Therapy
Language / Literacy Therapy

OT Services

Fine Motor Delay
Visual Perceptual Delay
Feeding difficulties
Sensory Integrative Dysfunction
Dysgraphia (handwriting difficulty)
Gross Motor (uncoordinated)
Fine Motor Planning Problems
Attentional Difficulties
Autism Spectrum Disorders
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