Speech and Language Developmental Milestones

Speech and language developmental milestones are pivotal goals that need to be reached to ensure your child's speech and language development. Research has shown that early speech and language delays or disorders can lead to later difficulties learning to read, write and spell. As a result, some primary health care providers have left the old school philosophy of "wait and see" and are now recommending early intervention for children whose language development seems delayed.

An evaluation by a speech-language pathologist can determine if a delay or disorder is present. If intervention is warranted, there are many strategies that a trained speech-language pathologist can introduce to help improve language skills. It is imperative that therapy focus on a family based approach to intervention where parents and caregivers are directly involved in therapy. Therapy strategies can be implemented into daily activities including dressing, bathing, eating, reading, and playing.

Be sure to discuss any concerns with your primary health care provider or speech-language pathologist. It is best to be an informed, proactive parent when it comes to your child's development. If you are concerned, don't delay. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the outcome. If there is no problem, you will be relieved of worry!