Are you concerned about a child’s speech and language?
Language development is an important achievement of early childhood and sets the stage for school success and social competence. If a child you know seems to be having difficulty learning to talk, you are right to be concerned. Click here to get some age-based language learning facts.
Some children do not develop spoken language as easily or as quickly as others. For many children, the delay seems to be due to a physical problem, such as cerebral palsy or deafness, or to be part of a broader developmental disorder, such as autism or Down syndrome. For other children, the reasons for delayed language development are less clear.
Regardless of the reasons for the delay, language specialists, such as speech-language pathologists, in health units and schools can help most children become better speakers and listeners.