Your child uses very little verbal language by 2 years old or later, for example:
- By 18 months, your child should have a vocabulary of about 50 words and consist of a variety of nouns (cookie, car, baby), verbs (sit, run, eat), prepositions (in, on, under) and social words (hi, bye).
- By age 2, your child should have a vocabulary over 200 words and combine 2 words together (e.g. “Eat cookie”).
Ages 2 years and up
- Your child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a Syndrome (e.g. Down Syndrome) or a Developmental Delay, that includes delayed speech and language development.
- Your child uses poor grammar, has difficulty expressing himself in detail or conveying information well.
- Your child has difficulty understanding instructions, answering questions or following directions.
Social Communication Skills
- Your child is having difficulties relating to others socially, understanding social cues or understanding points of view, emotions or intentions of other people.
- Your child is rigid in his/her routines, has difficulty being ”flexible” in situations or doing things that others want to do.
Ages 2 years to 18 years
- Your child is difficult to understand when speaking.
- Your child has difficulty saying certain sounds correctly, for example: /k/“tar” for car; /g/“bid” for big; /s/ “thun” for sun, “buth” for bus”, /L/, “yeyo” for yellow, “wuv” for love; /th/ “baf” for bath; /r/ “wed” for /red/, “twain” for train.
Your child frequently repeats sounds or words, “blocks” on sounds or speech does not flow easily. Your child may show signs of stress or facial tension when speaking.
Your child frequently has a hoarse sounding voice, not related to colds or illness, or has been diagnosed with vocal nodules.
Tongue Thrust or Myofunctional Disorder
Your child has been identified by a Dentist, Orthodontist or Speech Language Pathologist with an improper swallow that is affecting the teeth, creating dental problems (e.g. an overbite or open bite) or articulation difficulties (e.g. a lisp).
If you think you have a speech or language disorder, call us at 416-490-1720 to book an evaluation.