A language disorder originates from our brain and is present from the day we are born. It can affect how a person understands language and/or is able to express ideas. Some risk factors include:
The factors listed above are just risk factors. In plain English, this means...just because a child may have one or more risk factors, it does not mean that that he will develop a language disorder.
The opposite is also true. A child does not have to have a risk factor in order to have a disorder.
It is very important to be aware of language developmental milestones so your child doesn't fall behind. It is ALWAYS better to catch a language problem earlier than later. The earlier language therapy for a language disorder starts, the better the outcome!
Click here for more information on language development: Language Developmental Milestones
If you have any concerns about your child or your child has some risk factors listed above, I recommend that you contact a speech language pathologist for an evaluation.
The sooner therapy starts, the better the outcome.
Click here to find a professional: Find a Speech Pathologist
Since no two children are alike, there is no "cookie cutter" therapy program out there.
First, an evaluation needs to be completed so you know your child's strengths and areas of need. Once that has been established, the fun can begin!
Yes, language therapy is fun!
At a young age, learning is the most exciting thing. Our children are incredibly curious. It is important to foster that love of learning. That is why language therapy will look like playing...it is playing with a purpose!
As a child gets older, therapy will be tailored and built around the school curriculum....less playing.
At times, a child may do very well in therapy and be dismissed. However, language learning starts from birth and continues for the rest of our lives. Therefore, language therapy may need to be revisited as new skills are learned (i.e., complex narrative structure, lecture based learning, etc..).
There are many easy ways to support language learning at home. They don't have a cost a thing! Explore Kid Activities for ideas!
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