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Communication & Speech
Although early intervention and speech therapy are essential to helping a child with speech delays, there are things parents and caregivers can do to support a child's speech
A speech and language assessment should be conducted prior to a diagnosis or entry into therapy or program is made
Children who are considered late talkers are those who have fewer than 50 words at age two and use limited or no two- or three-word combinations
Certain risk factors or signs of speech delays at age two suggest a child should receive early language intervention services
Seven percent of children are “late talkers
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To understand your child’s speech and language development, it may help to better understand what’s involved and the differences between the two
The two most commonly used hearing tests for newborns are called otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing and auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing
Children develop speech and language in a variety of ways
There is a range of typical speech and language development. However, children typically reach speech and language milestones at these points in time
Communication goals for all children
Intervention using AAC focuses on the communication act – the exchange of ideas, information, feelings, or questions between communication partners
If you are exploring AAC as an intervention to help enhance your child’s communication, here are some tips you may want to consider
Proloquo2Go is an inexpensive alternative to the more traditional Assistive and Augmentative Communication Device
Toolkit: Social Skills
The diagnosis of severe hearing loss or deafness presents parents with many choices
Late-talking children are those at age two with a vocabulary of fewer than 50 words and who use limited or no two- or three-word combinations
Good hearing is key to developing good speech and language skills. We know that the foundation for these skills develops during the critical early years from birth to age three years old.
Is your child a late talker? Or does your child have other challenges with communication?
If your child is a late talker or has other challenges with communication, early intervention will likely be recommended
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