If you are having a tough time deciding when your child should start speech therapy, you’re not alone. A lot of parents face this dilemma too. But worry not! We’re here to help. Keep reading to learn when your child should see the speech pathologist for the first time.
What’s the best age?
The answer: If you notice any sign of speech impairment, IT’S TIME! Waiting until your child is “old enough” can mean longer therapy time and potentially less effective results.
Signs to look out for
Your child could benefit from seeing a speech therapist if they are:
- Not babbling at age 4-7 months: A child who is often quiet and isn’t trying to make simple sounds through bubbling could be showing signs of language problems.
- Not gesturing: Children normally use gestures to express themselves before they can communicate verbally. So, if your child does not express themselves using gestures such as waving by the age of 7-12 months, this could be a sign of language disorder.
- Having trouble understanding instructions: Children with a speech impairment may not seem like they’re “listening” when given simple instructions. So, if your child seems not to understand simple instructions or prepositions such as “over” or “on” by 12 and 24 months, this may be a sign they have a language development problem.
- Not speaking in sentences: Between the ages of 1.5 to 2 years, your child should be able to combine at least two words to form sentences such as “mummy up” or “drink please.” If your toddler struggles to make such sentences, this may be a good reason to get screened for language disorder.
- Having trouble making certain sounds: Young Children with a speech impairment may not be able to produce speech sounds such as “p,” “b,” “m,” “h,” and “w” by the age of 1 to 2 years old. Their speech or language may also seem generally hard to understand when they are 2 to 3 years old.
- Repeating words or parts of words when talking (e.g., “I-I-I-I want a lolly mum”): When a child is speaking, it is perfectly normal to repeat certain words. However, if this happens a lot, it is best to seek early intervention.
Contact Gen Physio
Does your child have a speech or speech and language development impairment? Gen Physio has helped hundreds of children overcome speech and oral language development challenges. And can help your child sharpen their language skills. We offer personalised services and use the most advanced speech therapy techniques and technologies. To learn more about us and our mobile speech therapy services, call us today and talk to one of our experienced speech therapists.