Early Detection of Communication Disorders
“My child is almost 3 and he is still not talking. My aunty told me not to worry because her brother started talking at 4 and now he’s fine.”
Comments like the one above are one of the most frequent we come across. We often receive enquiries from concerned parents with children age 18 months or older expressing concerns about their children “not talking”. Although it is true that children develop at varying rates because every child is unique, there are certain indicators that your child’s “problem” may be more than just a difference. Early detection of a genuine problem leads to early intervention which is crucial if your child has a communication disorder. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can help with language disorders, speech sound disorders, stuttering (disfluency), and voice disorders.
How do you decide if you should wait or if you should seek professional help? Here are some signs (adapted from Early Detection of Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders):