A child first learns language and then uses that language as a stepping-stone to learn more skills and to achieve milestones. Children with persistent language delays are at a greater risk for developing reading and writing difficulties.
Early identification and early intervention are critical to eliminating or reducing potential problems. 20-30% of children with delayed language problems DO NOT grow out of it. Additionally, it is difficult to determine exactly which child will grow out of it and which child will not. Using a “wait and see” approach could really delay the right treatment for those children that need it.
If you are debating whether or not to address your child’s language concerns, it’s better to find out you acted early than to regret you didn’t act early enough. Our specialists know that during the first three years of life, children’s brains are very adaptive. Your child’s brain is easily strengthened by positive early learning experiences that develop their thinking and speaking skills.
Research also shows us that quality early speech therapy can really improve a child’s future. In addition, intervention is likely to be more effective and cost less when provided in the earlier years of life.
If you notice that your toddler isn’t reaching the appropriate language milestones for their age, our speech therapists highly recommend an assessment to determine whether intervention is necessary. We can help guide you and your child on the right path to better language and reading skills. Call us today to learn more!