Welcome to speech therapy for toddlers overview!
I created this page to give parents REAL and HONEST information! Below, you will find answers to some frequently asked questions.
This is the most asked and the most difficult question to answer. We have free speech and language screening tools I recommend every parent read. It has good information on expected speech and language skills by age. HOWEVER, there is a range for what is considered normal.
If your child hasn't met a particular milestone, it DOES NOT mean he/she necessarily needs speech therapy. If you have a concern, seek advice. Why not? It doesn’t hurt. It can only help!
Many parents will say…."my child’s speech therapist just plays with him/her. Should she be doing more?"
I understand this concern; however, if your child’s speech therapist is playing with your child, that is GREAT news! This is exactly what she should be doing. Speech therapy for toddlers is all about play since play is how a toddler learns best. Remember that toddlers don’t learn like adults learn. They learn when information is functional, natural, and interesting. There is nothing more functional, natural, or interesting than play for a toddler!
HOWEVER, the “play” is extremely purposeful and a lot of work for the therapist. She is continually assessing your child’s progress, adjusting activities to your child's interests, and working on developing speech and language skills.
Your therapist should be on the ground, playing with whatever interests your child and targeting speech and language skills. He/she may be:
Please ASK what your therapist is doing and why so you can learn what to do when she leaves!
There is A LOT you can do at home! What you should do at home will depend on the needs of your child. Below is a list of ideas so you can get started today:
This question is impossible to answer. No one knows! Every child is different and progresses at a different rate.
Check out our speech therapy for toddlers tips for faster progress to help things along!
The answer to this question will depend on your child’s needs and abilities.
Many people think using sign language or an alternative communication device will delay a child from talking. There is nothing that could be further from the truth. Instead, anything that sparks communication whether it be verbal or nonverbal, is a GREAT thing. Talking is the path of least resistance and a child will always choose the path of least resistance if possible.
However, if a child cannot speak for whatever reason, he/she NEEDS another way to communicate wants, needs, and ideas in the meantime. Once a child can speak, he/she will, I promise!
If you have questions, please contact us!
I condense this page into a printable handout for parents. Enjoy an English and Spanish version!
Screening Forms By Age: