Why is my child not talking?
It is important to remember that children develop at different rates and there is a range of typical development. There may be a family history of late talking. A child may be getting his wants and needs met through gestures. Or they may be not hearing sounds or speech sounds within their environment due to hearing loss or fluid in their ears. There are many different factors that impact a child’s language development. If you have concerns, an evaluation by a speech-language pathologist can determine if speech-language therapy is warranted.
How long does speech therapy take?
Every child is different. There are many factors that determine how long a child is in therapy. Some of these factors include the severity of the disorder, carryover of home programming, and participation in therapy.
Is my child not talking because they are stubborn or lazy?
Typically, if a child has the ability to talk, they will use this skill to communicate. It is not because they are stubborn or lazy.
Is it okay to use signs, pictures, or other forms of communication? Won’t this prevent my child from talking?
Gestures and pictures can be used as a bridge for verbal communication. It is easier to imitate a gesture or hand over a picture than imitate a sound or word. This can decrease frustration until the child is able to use words on their own.
Is my child delayed because they are exposed to more than one language? Should I reduce to one language?
There is no evidence to support reducing to one language will improve their overall language development. If a child has a language disorder it will be in both languages. Bilingualism is a gift. It is important for a child to be exposed to their family’s language and culture.
Why is therapy play-based?
Children learn through play. It makes therapy motivating and fun! Although it looks like we are playing, we are implementing strategies to help your child communicate.
How much screen time should my child get each day?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time under 2 years old and one hour per day between the ages of 2 and 5 years old.