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Does my child need a speech and language evaluation?

Updated: Sep 26, 2023


concerned parent needs speech and language evaluation for child

As a parent, it's only natural to worry about your child's development, and one area that often raises concerns is speech and language development. While children do develop at their own pace, there are certain signs that may indicate the need for a professional evaluation. Knowing when to seek help can make a significant difference in your child's future communication skills and overall well-being.

  1. Age Milestones: By 12 months, most children should babble and use simple gestures. By age 2, they should form two-word phrases.

  2. Limited Vocabulary: If your child's vocabulary seems limited for their age, it may be a cause for concern. At around 18 months, children typically have a vocabulary of 50 words or more.

  3. Difficulty Being Understood: While some mispronunciations are normal, if others consistently struggle to understand your child after age 3, it's a sign to consider an evaluation. Difficulty with pronunciation, articulation, or speech clarity may warrant professional assessment.

  4. Difficulty Comprehending: a child having difficulty following basic verbal commands or directions may have difficulty with language, auditory processing, hearing, or other issues.

  5. Oral Processing: does your child still mouth their hands, clothes, or other objects? Are they struggling to get off the pacifier? Or are they oral sensory avoidant and have difficulty eating or brushing their teeth? Is your child a picky eater or have difficulty chewing or swallowing?

  6. Family History: A family history of speech or language disorders may increase the likelihood of your child needing an evaluation.

  7. Frustration or Social Isolation: Communication difficulties can lead to frustration for your child. If your child is becoming socially isolated or experiencing difficulty interacting with peers due to communication challenges, it's time to seek help.

Early intervention is crucial for speech and language development. If you notice any of these signs, contact Speech Eat Learn to schedule a FREE consultation or a comprehensive evaluation to determine if your child would benefit from intervention services.

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