A 12-month-old child who has yet to say their first word and mostly communicates through gestures, an 18-month-old who has fewer than 50 words, or a 2-year-old who has fewer than 200 words or is yet to join words to form short phrases is considered to have language delay in speech pathology.
There is no single cause of language delay, and it is not anyone’s fault. What is required is supportive intervention from a parent or a career pathologist.
When To Seek Help For Language Delay
If your child is 6 months or more behind in their expected language development milestones, we recommend that you seek the services of a speech therapist. You should seek support if your 12-month old child isn’t making eye contact, babbling, or using gestures like pointing and waving; 18-month old child has 10 words or less or uses gestures more than words; and your 2-year old child has 50 words or less and is not joining 2 words together.
If you realise a language delay in your child, rather than hoping for the best, it is advisable to seek the support of a speech therapist. It is good to do this early because research supports early intervention and positive outcomes for such children.
Kinds of language delay
Receptive difficulties, expressive difficulties, and pragmatic difficulties are all examples of language difficulties. Receptive difficulties concern the difficulty of comprehending or understanding what others say, expressive difficulties concern the difficulty of structuring and organising the content of what we say to others, and pragmatic difficulties concern social interaction skills.
How we help to deal with language delay
If your child has a language delay, we can help you with developing attention to joining words, auditory memory, and listening skills (auditory processing), as well as following directions and understanding questions and language concepts to deal with receptive language delays; early communicative gestures and the development of babbles; focus on first and combining words; expanding vocabulary; using verbs and grammar to build sentence length and complexity; answering questions efficaciously.
Our intervention with language delay therapy in sydney begins with an assessment, followed by therapy. We use standardised measurement tools to perform the assessments. For young children, we use play assessment, which ensures that both the parent and the speech pathologists are active. Assessments allow us to identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. They also establish the baseline that we use to measure the child’s progress during therapy.
During assessments, we thoroughly examine the child’s spoken language, including the number and types of words used. We also go over the child’s speech sounds at the same time. We also assess parallel play skills and interaction initiation, as well as nonverbal communication, focusing on pointing, play-skills, eye contact, and joint attention.
Following the assessment, we will provide a detailed therapy management plan, outlining the goals to be addressed during the therapy blocks.
Our therapy blocks are made up of weekly family sessions that combine play and education. They primarily aim to help parents gain confidence in providing therapy to their children at home, while also maximising opportunities to model and stimulate the children’s speech and language. We use both child- and adult-learning techniques to help you and your child develop skills to overcome language delay therapy in sydney.