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AA Language dev

Does my child have a language delay?    

Babies begin to learn from the moment they are born – first receptive language skills (understanding what they hear), then expressive language skills (speaking).  You can help develop both kinds of language skills by talking, watching, listening, playing and sharing books with your young child. 

Each child learns at different times, but most children should reach milestones or levels called normal stages.  Sometimes children do not develop language at the usual ages/stages.    Our Speech Pathologists can assess you to identify if there are language delays/concerns, and provide advice and treatment around language development.   Treatment may involve direct interaction between the SLP and your child, and also parent education regarding focused stimulation techniques and quality interactions, so that your child can understand and communicate more meaningfully with the world around them.

If you are not sure whether your child’s language is developing normally, the following links to some developmental checklists may assist in helping you to know whether or not you should be concerned. 

Developmental Communication Skills:  Birth to 5 Years Internet

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Language difficulties in older children     

Spoken Language refers to understanding directions, questions and different types of word and sentence structures; and expressing information, knowing the words for things (vocabulary), and asking questions. 

Children and adolescents can experience language difficulties at any age, which can impact on learning, concept of self, behaviour and interacting with others.

Our Speech Language Pathologists offer comprehensive services for assessment, diagnosis and intervention for all children and adolescents experiencing language difficulties.