Language delay is when a child does not reach, speech, listening or social interaction milestones.

Associated symptoms may include:

  • Difficulty understanding you child’s words
  • Limited or simple vocabulary for age
  • Not able to follow directions
  • Does not seem to understand what they are told
  • Not using words
  • Pointing and gesturing to communicate needs
  • Difficulty paying attention to language
  • Being frustrated because others don’t understand them
  • Others frustrated because they are unable to communicate with your child.

Brief description of rehab evaluation:

The speech language pathologist (Speech therapist) will do the language delay evaluation.

It is important that your child have their hearing checked before the language evaluation. Please bring in any hearing test results from the last 6 months. If your child has not had a hearing screening in the last 6 months, the scheduling office will either schedule your child to complete one or schedule your child for an evaluation with an Audiologist.

At the evaluation the speech therapist will talk with you about your child’s medical history and their current medical and language abilities.

The therapist will play and interact with your child and engage with them in conversation. The therapist will likely use a test to evaluate your child’s language development as compared to other children their age.

After the evaluation is complete the therapist will discuss the results with you, talk with you about treatment and answer any questions you may have. 

Common rehab treatment interventions 

After the evaluation, your child may come for treatment. Treatment sessions may include:

  • Playing with toys together to engage your child in interaction
  • Helping your child to make sounds and say words
  • Activities to increase how many words your child uses
  • Teaching you how to help your child’s language at home
  • Helping your child feel, safe, comfortable, and confident communicating with others
  • Help with coordinating services with other medical and therapy professionals.

It is important to your child’s success that you participate in each therapy session. At home every day, you will help your child use the skills learned at therapy during daily activities and practice sessions.

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