Language is a beautiful gift. It allows us to share our needs, wants, thoughts, feelings and everything that makes us human. When you spend time with your child, you have the power to give and nurture this gift of communication.Many factors affect the rate at which a child develops language skills. Speech and language development can be thought of as a natural progression of stages in which a child passes through. However, the pace or exact age at which a child achieves his or her milestones may vary. Some factors that may contribute to how fast or slow a child learns speech and language include:
If a child is slow in speech and language acquisition, he or she may have a speech or language difficulty.
By 18 months
If you sense that your child’s language development is slow, you may wish to consult your paediatrician for an assessment or seek the advice of a speech therapist.
A speech therapist can work collaboratively with caregivers to:
Your child’s progress will be closely monitored.
Speech and language delays in children can be prevented by stimulating your child’s language at his or her specific stage of language acquisition.
Here are some tips: