My 2 ½ year old is not talking like other kids her age. Should I be concerned?
It all depends on the child. There are many reasons why a child may not have speech and language skills similar to her peers. It is important to remember that every child develops speech and language skills at a different pace. Girls tend to develop language more quickly than boys, though this is not always the case. If you have concerns, it is important to seek out professional advice to determine if an evaluation is warranted.
At Leaps and Bounds, a speech and language pathologist will assess both speech skills and language skills. Speech is the ability to produce sounds to form words. Language is the ability to communicate using words. Receptive language is the understanding of words spoken by another. Expressive language is the ability to use words to express one’s self. All of these skills are necessary for effective communication.
Additionally, a speech and language pathologist will assess oral motor skills to determine if your child has appropriate oral awareness, as well as adequate strength and coordination to form sounds appropriately. Sensory processing deficits, oral motor weakness, chronic ear infections, low muscle tone, and developmental delays can all contribute to deficits in both speech and language. A comprehensive assessment by a speech and language pathologist will provide you with answers as to the possible cause(s) of a delay, and an appropriate plan for treatment.
It is always recommended that your child is tested for hearing concerns prior to a speech and language assessment. Please contact us today for additional information.