When should I be concerned about my child’s speech and language development?

Age two:

  • Child does not yet produce two-word sentences, i.e. “want juice”
  • Does not understand simple directions

Age three:

  • Child does not ask questions
  • Does not produce short sentences
  • Does not answer simple questions
  • Words are not clearly spoken
  • Gives the impression that he/she is struggling to talk

Age four:

  • Child’s speech is not easily understood by listeners

School age:

  • Child still uses incomplete sentences or sentences with grammatical errors
  • Has difficulty following directions
  • Experiences difficulty communicating with friends
  • If at anytime your child has been stuttering for more than 4-6 months.

If any of the above is applicable to your child, do not hesitate to contact a speech-language pathologist. Early detection is vital!

Lidcombe Program

The Lidcombe approach is a behavioural treatment for young children who stutter that was developed in Australia. More information can be found here:
Stuttering vs. Normal Disfluency

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Late Talker or Language Delay?

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The difference between speech and language.

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Tamara Long, SLP

14 Rockcliffe Way
Ottawa, ON, K1M 1B1

E-mail and telephone
(613) 241-0517