When to Seek Help?

Your child may need to go to a Speech & Language Therapist if….

At Any Age:

You, as a parent, have any concerns about your child’s speech and/or language development

Your child has dysfluent speech (stammers)

Your child has difficulties with eating and drinking in terms of chewing and swallowing

Your child has a hoarse voice or abnormal voice quality

Your child’s play or social interaction with others seems inappropriate

 

By age 18 months:

Your child has poor attention e.g. unable to sit with adult for short period

Your child does not make eye contact or show interest in adults or other children

Your child does not use any words

Your child doesn’t look to people or objects when named

Your child doesn’t turn to look where sounds are coming from (consider hearing assessment)

 

By age 2 years:

Your child exhibits little pretend play

Your child has poor attention

Your child produces few or no words

Your child demonstrates no apparent understanding

 

By age 3 years:

Your child cannot pay attention for longer than a few minutes

Your child cannot understand instructions or simple questions

Your child cannot be understood by you or other family and/or caregivers

Your child cannot correctly produce vowels and such sounds as p, b, m, w in words

Your child cannot repeat when not understood without becoming frustrated

Your child cannot engage in pretend play

 

By age 4 years:

Your child cannot understand longer and more complex instructions

Your child cannot be understood by people that they see regularly

Your child cannot be understood by you or other family members/ caregivers

Your child cannot produce sentences of 5-6 words in length

Your child cannot correctly produce the sounds t, d, k, g, f in words

Your child cannot be asked to repeat without becoming sensitive

 

By age 5 years:

Your child cannot understand a variety of questions and instructions

Your child cannot be understood in all situations by most listeners

Your child cannot correctly produce most speech sounds

Your child cannot be asked to repeat without exhibiting frustration