Your toddler uses very little verbal language by 2 years old or later, for example:
- By 18 months, your toddler 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 sounds younger than other children his/her age.
- Your child has trouble talking.
- 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.
- 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.
Social Communication Skills
- Your child has trouble 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 has a problem with his/her speech
- Your child is hard to understand when speaking.
- Your child has trouble saying certain sounds correctly, for example: has a lisp, /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 a “Tongue Thrust”. This is when the tongue moves forward hittting the teeth, or moving out beyond the teeth during speaking, swallowing or chewing. This can create long term dental problems, such as an open bite, and may affect speech production.
If you think your child has a speech or language problem, call us at 416-490-1720 to book an evaluation.