Speech delay is a common issue that can affect young children. It occurs when a child is not developing language skills at the expected rate for their age. It is important to identify and address speech delay early as it can affect your child's communication and social development.
If you suspect your child may be affected by speech delay, these are some of the common signs to look out for:
Children with speech delay may have limited vocabulary for their age. They may struggle to learn and use new words. Refer to the following website for a comprehensive developmental checklist: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/speech-and-language
They may have difficulty using correct grammar and sentence structure. They may use simple sentences or incomplete phrases.
They may have difficulty with social interaction, such as making eye contact or responding to social cues. They may also have difficulty expressing themselves or understanding others.
They may have difficulty understanding spoken language, such as following instructions or understanding simple questions.
Children with speech delay may have trouble pronouncing certain sounds or words. They may substitute one sound for another, such as "wabbit" for "rabbit."
They may show a lack of interest in communication, such as not responding when spoken to or not engaging in conversations with others.
It is important to note that every child develops at their own pace, and some children may take longer to develop language skills. However, if you are concerned about your child's speech development, it is important to speak with a speech-language pathologist. They can evaluate your child's speech and language skills and provide recommendations for treatment and support. Littlefoot Developmental Services offers Speech Therapy in our Full Day Early Intervention Program. For more information visit www.littlefoot.sg
Written by Vinitha Vincent Henry