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Speech and Language Development

The first five years of a child’s life are crucial as they develop at such a fast rate, however, at times children may be delayed in some developmental areas such as, language and speech development. It is vital that children obtain the skills to communicate with others around them, if children are struggling with their language and speech development it is important that they receive early intervention to assist them in meeting their expected milestones.

When to seek professional help.

1-2 years

It is recommended to seek advice from a speech pathologist if your child

  • Is not using words or actions to communicate
  • Is not responding to others

2-3 years

It is recommended to seek advice from a speech pathologist if your child

  • Is not understanding simple instructions
  • Is not using many words
  • is not joining words in meaningful phrases

3-5 years

  • Is not understood by others
  • Has speech fluency problems or stammering
  • Is not playing with other children y is not able to have a conversation

 

How to take the first step in assisting your child.

If you have any concerns such as the ones listed above regarding your child’s speech and language development, we suggest seeing your GP and requesting a referral for a speech assessment. Your GP may also refer you to have your child’s hearing testing, as hearing issues can often contribute to language delays.

For more information, please read the Developmental Milestones Document.

https://www.acecqa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2018-02/DevelopmentalMilestonesEYLFandNQS.pdf

The above information was taken from Developmental Milestones & the Early Years Learning Framework & the National Quality Standards.