Does My Child Need Speech Therapy?
Dear Children’s Speech Therapy Center,
My son just turned two-years-old and is not yet talking. Does he need speech therapy?
— Concerned Parent
Dear Concerned Parent,
It is hard to say whether or not your son needs speech therapy without meeting him. However, since he is two-years-old and has no real words yet, it is highly recommended that you seek out a speech and language evaluation for your son to determine whether or not speech therapy would be appropriate for your son and your family.
During the evaluation, the speech-language pathologist may assess different areas of your child’s development including speech sound acquisition, speech intelligibility, pragmatics, and expressive and receptive language. Below are some of the milestones the clinician will look for as well as some suggestions for things you can do at home to help increase your son’s speech and language skills.
• Uses 50-200 words
• Most people can understand at least half of what your child says
• Uses early developing sounds such as p, b, m, h, and w
• Answers basic wh questions
• Uses some present progressive verbs (crying)
• Uses the pronouns “I” and “it”
• Follows basic 1-2 step directions
• Enjoys turn taking songs, games, and activities
• Smiles and interacts with others
• Uses gestures along with words or babble
• Enjoys playing and talking with other children
• Responds to his name and listens when spoken to
Ways to Enhance Speech and Language Skills at Home
1. Set aside time each day to engage in one-on-one activities and play with your child.
2. Read books your child loves every day. Talk about what characters are doing, where they are going and how they are feeling.
3. Go over the events of your child’s day with him before bed.
4. Talk about things you see while doing things and going places. For example, when taking a walk outside, you can say, “I see a dog, look at that bird, and wow that car is driving fast!”
5. Make a scrapbook of favorite things by cutting out pictures and grouping them into categories.
6. Repeat simple nursery rhymes and songs daily.
7. Screen time, including Ipads, Iphones, and televisions should be strictly limited.
Children’s Speech Therapy Center (CSTC) is a well-known private practice specializing in pediatric speech therapy and conveniently located in Ashburn, VA. When your child needs a speech and language professional, navigating all your options can be time-consuming and frustrating!
Let Children’s Speech Therapy Center help! Their team provides diagnostic and therapeutic services including screenings, evaluations, and therapy for all ages, from infancy to adolescence. From more routine challenges to complex conditions, their team of licensed and accredited speech language pathologists are prepared to help with your child's unique speech and language needs.
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