Your child’s language development is vital for their overall growth and success in many areas of life. If your child is struggling with language, our passionate speech-language pathologists are here to help. Keep reading to find out what delayed language is, why it should be addressed, and how pediatric speech therapy can improve your child’s language skills.
What Is a Language Delay?
A language delay is when a child’s language skills develop more slowly than their peers. These skills include the ability to understand others (receptive language) and the ability to share ideas clearly with others (expressive language). While delayed language can be caused by medical conditions such as hearing impairment, children without any underlying health conditions can also experience a delay.
Common Signs of Delayed Language Skills
There are several common signs of delayed language skills in children:
- Trouble expressing their ideas clearly
- Difficulty with reading or writing
- Limited vocabulary for their age
- Struggles with grammar and syntax
- Trouble holding conversations
- Difficulty following directions
Daily Activities that Depend on Strong Language Skills
Without speech therapy to address a language delay, a child can grow up struggling in many areas of life such as:
- Attending job interviews
- Graduating high school
- Working on a team
- Advocating for their healthcare needs
- Understanding rental agreements
- Learning new technology
- Negotiating promotions and raises
- Sending work emails
How Delayed Language Skills Can Impact a Child’s Growth
Language is one of several ways that children learn about the world and connect with the people around them. Children who struggle with delayed language may avoid social interactions out of fear or embarrassment, which can lead to delays in social and cognitive skill development. A good grasp of language is also vital for academic and career success. This is why early intervention is so important for your child’s education and overall wellbeing.
How Can Speech Therapy Improve My Child’s Language Skills?
Our pediatric speech-language pathologists are experts in all areas of communication. We use proven therapeutic exercises, techniques, and activities to help children master their receptive and expressive language skills. We can also give you tips and activities you can do at home with your child to help them continue building their language skills between therapy sessions. With our one-on-one treatment and your support, we can work together to help your child achieve their language milestones.
Benefits of Pediatric Speech Therapy for Language Development
If your child is struggling with expressive or receptive language, speech therapy can give them the tools they need for successful communication. This can lead to other incredible benefits such as:
- Better ability to follow directions
- Increased vocabulary
- Stronger communication skills
- Better relationships with family and friends
- Improved academic performance
- Increased self-esteem and confidence
- Stronger reading and writing skills
Schedule Your Child’s Evaluation
Pediatric Therapy Partners has clinics in Bossier and Shreveport, LA, to meet your family’s needs. All you have to do is call us at (318) 746-1199 or fill out the contact form below and our Intake Coordinator will help you schedule your child’s speech therapy evaluation.