04 Nov “Should I be concerned about my child’s speech and language development?”
Having children and watching them develop can be both an amazing and terrifying experience for many parents. The joy felt when a child takes their first step could coincide with anxiety if they can’t manage as many words as some of their peers.
So when should you be concerned if your child’s first words don’t come or if their speech is difficult to understand? Some parents postpone seeking professional advice and take the ‘wait-and-see’ approach- after all we know that all children develop at different levels and hope that they will just catch up in their own time; others will turn to the internet and be bombarded with information which may make them end up feeling more confused than before.
By providing you with some clear information regarding communication milestones we hope to answer the reoccurring question “should I be concerned…?” At this point it is important to remind you that all children do develop at slightly different rates and that that the information given is a guideline as to what we expect to see in ‘typical’ development. If your child is missing one or two skills in an age range, this does not necessarily mean that they have a significant difficulty but it may be worth you speaking to your health visitor or GP to establish whether you have reason to be concerned; they can then make onward referral to a Speech and Language Therapist if appropriate.
From: Stages of Speech and Language Development by ICAN (2007)
C&D Independent Speech and Language Therapy provide assessment and therapy to children in Essex who have difficulties talking, communicating and understanding language. If you have concerns regarding your child’s speech, language or communication development please contact us for a free telephone consultation on: 07510 067 442, or email us for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org