Our Speech and Language Therapist Lauren Daly discusses language development in children.
What if “’I’m sure it’s nothing” turns into “I’m sure it’s something”.
As parents we want to do the best we can for our children. You’ve probably heard that the early years of your child’s life are the most important for building strong language skills. That’s because your child’s brain is developing extremely fast during this time, and he/she is more open to learning and more receptive to enriching experiences than he/she will ever be.
Often children develop some form of a communication problem or learning difficulty during this early stage of growth. Some parents are advised that their child will likely “grow out of it”, and they simply wait for the child to catch up. But a “wait and see” approach means that precious time can be lost during this critical learning phase. But how do we know what’s typical and what’s not in terms of language development from birth to five years.
There are certain developmental milestones and language milestones expected of your child at certain ages. These language development milestones are outlined on this table that you can refer to as your child grows and their Speech and Language develops. We strongly recommend that you seek help from a Speech and Language Therapist if you’ve noticed one or more of these warning signs depending on the child’s age. To book an assessment please click here.
If a child receives the Speech and Language Therapy support that they need, at the right time they can make significant gains. Early language intervention is critically important for these children to develop the communication skills necessary for future success in their academic and personal lives.
If you are concerned about your child’s Speech and Language Development take action now and book them in for an assessment with one of our Speech and Language therapists.