Speech and Language Development Milestones

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Why tracking developmental milestones is important

As parents, we know there is a range of development. One child may begin speaking early and often while a sibling or peer takes their time.

The differences between children, even within the normal range of development, can seem drastic. That said, developmental milestones are important to track in order to determine whether a child needs intervention. Identifying and treating delays early can put your child on the right path, avoiding what could have become a larger issue. 

There are a few major speech and language milestones to keep in mind (listed below) as your child develops. If you have concerns regarding your child’s speech and language development, it is always better to reach out to a professional versus the “wait and see” approach. The speech and language centers of the brain grow and change rapidly in the preschool and early elementary school years. As speech language pathologists, the earlier we can start treatment for those children that need services, the better. 

Our experienced team is happy to answer your questions and make recommendations specific to your child. 

When to consider seeking a speech language evaluation

PreSchool Years

■ Your Child is missing speech and language developmental milestones.
■ Your Child does not enjoy social interaction (i.e. eye contact or play).
■ Your Child rarely initiates speech but instead echos or repeats words to communicate.
■ Your Child has difficulty following simple directions.
■ Your Child's answer to simple questions are “off topic” or do not make sense.

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Elementary School Years

■ Your Child has difficulty understanding spoken language
■ Your Child is not understood by most listeners
■ Your Child pronounces words incorrectly
■ Your Child has difficulty understanding jokes or sarcasm
■ Your Child does not enjoy social interaction or play
■ Your Child is unable to tell or re-tell a story that makes sense

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COVID-19 Protocol

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and healthy! We have outlined our protocols for in-person sessions during COVID-19. As you know, the health and safety of our clients and therapists remain our highest priority. As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work together through these unprecedented times.


Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
 
Facemasks:
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
 
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
 
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.

 

Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!