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Speech and Language Delay Therapist

What is a speech and language delay?

A speech and language delay, also known as a language disorder or developmental delay, occurs when a child is not developing speech and language skills at an expected rate. It affects around 10% of preschool-aged children.

Delayed speech and language development can have various causes and can impact a child’s communication, social interactions, and academic success. Early identification and intervention through speech therapy are important for addressing these delays and helping children catch up to their peers.

Symptoms of a speech and language delay

Your child may be experiencing a language disorder if they are unable to meet the following developmental milestones:

  • By the age of 12 to 15 months, they struggle to articulate simple words like mama or dada clearly or may have
  • difficulty pronouncing them altogether.
  • Around 18 months, they find it challenging to understand and comprehend basic words such as no or stop.
  • When they reach 3 years of age, they struggle to communicate using short sentences, which could hinder their ability to effectively express their thoughts and needs.

At the age of 4 to 5 years, they face difficulties in constructing and telling a simple story, which may indicate struggles with organizing and sequencing language effectively. These challenges could affect their overall communication skills and expressive language development.

How is a speech and language delay diagnosed?

Jihan Everett will assess your child’s speech and language delay and ask about your observations. She will evaluate your child’s speech, cognitive development, and may conduct tests to understand the severity and nature of the delay. She will also consider non-verbal cues and potential underlying causes for the delay, such as hearing impairments or developmental disorders. Based on the evaluation, she will create a personalized treatment plan with specific goals to improve your child’s speech and language skills.

During therapy sessions, your child will engage in targeted activities and receive feedback to track their progress. The therapy will include evidence-based techniques and strategies, such as articulation exercises and language drills, to enhance their speech abilities. Jihan Everett will work closely with you to ensure consistent progress and equip your child with the necessary communication skills for academic and social success.

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How Does Speech Therapy Help?

Jihan Everett will work closely with your child to improve their speech and language skills. She will use tailored techniques and exercises to enhance speech clarity, fluency, and overall communication abilities. Jihan will focus on areas such as articulation, pronunciation, vocabulary expansion, grammar rules, and conversational skills.

Moreover, Jihan will actively involve you as parents or guardians in the therapy process. She will provide guidance on how to support your child’s growth at home through various activities and exercises. Jihan Everett will also address any concerns or questions you may have, offering advice on milestones, strategies for progress, and creating a supportive environment for your child’s speech and language development. By working together, Jihan aims to empower your child with improved communication skills and boost their confidence in social, academic, and personal contexts.

Speech and language delay treatment

It is possible that your child may not require treatment for their speech delay, as some children naturally take longer to start talking. However, if treatment is needed, it will depend on the underlying cause. Your doctor will inform you about the cause and discuss treatment options, which may include a referral to a speech and language pathologist who can provide guidance and teach your child various skills.

Teaching young children sign language can also support their language development without delaying it. Additionally, your doctor may recommend other specialists like psychologists, occupational therapists, or social workers for specific needs. They may also suggest early intervention programs available in your local area, often associated with the school district.

How Can Parents Help?

Parents play a crucial role in supporting the speech and language development of children and young teens who may have communication difficulties. Here are some effective strategies to encourage speech development at home:

1. Focus on communication: Regularly engage in meaningful conversations with your child, sing songs together, and encourage them to imitate sounds and gestures. This helps them develop their expressive and receptive language skills.

2. Read to your child: Start reading to your child from a young age, selecting age-appropriate soft or board books or picture books that promote active engagement. Encourage them to look at the pictures while you label the objects or characters, fostering vocabulary development.

3. Utilize everyday situations: Take advantage of daily activities to enhance your child’s speech and language abilities. Talk about different foods while grocery shopping, explain your actions while cooking or cleaning, and point out objects or concepts around the house. Use clear language and avoid using overly simplified or excessively childish vocabularies.

It is crucial to recognize and address speech and language delays as early as possible. If you have any concerns about your child’s speech or language development, do not hesitate to consult your doctor for professional guidance and support.

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