Why It’s Important to Get Support for Speech and Language Development
Communication Helps Us Thrive
Developing good communication skills at a young age is essential to future learning, confidence and general well being. Good communicators generally thrive in life and those who struggle to communicate well, can be left behind.
The formative years are a period of rapid neurological development and early intervention for children who show signs of speech and language developmental disorders can greatly help the outcome of future learning and communication.
Recognising the Signs of Developmental Language Disorder
Every child is different and they hit milestones at different times. But when it comes to speech and language, if your child is not hitting the milestones for their age, it may be a sign of developmental language disorder and it could be time to seek professional help.
- By age 7 to 12 months most children smile, follow sounds, interact with others and make sounds and gestures themselves.
- By 18 months to 3 years, most children have a good vocabulary and are putting words together to form simple sentences. They can follow commands and when asked, they can point to pictures, people or objects when they hear the word for them.
- By age 3, typically children can form clear, short sentences, tell and understand simple stories, understand instructions and can interpret others’ non-verbal and verbal communication.
Early Intervention is Key
If you have any concerns about your childs’ speech and language development, early identification and intervention is key.
Working with a professional before they begin school can:
- Have the greatest impact on their future
- Reduce any possible disadvantage they may face when beginning in the school system
- Improve literacy
- Improve confidence
- Impact positively on behavioural issues
- Be cost-effective for parents