This article is authored by Deborah Smit, SLP, Bachelor of Speech and Language Sciences, University of Cape Town, Director of Speech and Language Pathology at Focused Education’s Perth-based clinic.
Assessing your child’s ability to talk
Assessing a child’s speech delay is difficult. Developmental milestones from birth to 8 years old are an important way of determining a speech and language problem.
Looking out for these stages of language development can be important. Early detection of infant speech difficulties in often results in better, more effective paediatric speech therapy treatment.
Evaluating your child’s speech sounds at home.
Parents often try to evaluate their child’s speech sounds at home. This can lead to misdiagnosis and improper treatment. That’s why it is critically important to receive treatment from an experienced Speech and Language Pathologist.
Monolingual speech-language pathologists can reliably evaluate a baby’s speech at the age of two. Milestones for speech and language development including speech sound development, stuttering and feeding and swallowing. An inadequate understanding of milestones for speech and language development is a key problem in understanding how to help your child.
Brown’s Stages of Syntactic and Morphological Development are often used to describe the expected progressions of a toddler’s language ability. In children not meeting the expected milestones for speech and language, a comprehensive, evaluative assessment process is required.
Better Access to Australian Speech Therapy Services.
Access to speech and language pathology services are often rebatable under the Australian Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS). Please ask our friendly therapist team if your speech therapy services qualify next time you visit Focused Education’s Perth-based clinic. Information regarding language developmental milestones is contained in the following article, written by our Director of Speech and Language Pathology. An Australian Family Speech and Language Pathologist.
How to use this guide
This is intended to be a helpful guide for parents to the key stages in your baby’s development of language. Please consult with an Australian Speech Pathologist if you are unsure of how to identify signs of a speech and language delay.
What is Speech?
Speech is the verbal tool children use to communicate their thoughts, feelings and emotions.
What is Voice?
Voice is defined by the speech sounds infants, toddlers and primary school aged children make.
What is Language?
Language is the process or rules of how we use the English Language. This can include linguistics, grammar and how we articulate speech sounds and words.
Milestones for language expression for babies & infants 0-18 months old.
- The child responds to loud sounds.
- Is calm when an adult speaks to him or her.
- Identifies their mother or father’s voice.
- Stops breastfeeding when loud sounds are heard.
- Baby can cry in a wide variety of different ways for different reasons.
- Your child smiles at you when you talk to them.
- Follows a parent’s sound with their eyes when at home.
- Using baby talk or babbling to communicate feelings to a caregiver.
- Your child likes playing communication games such as peek-a-boo.
- Determines the direction of sounds around the home.
- When travelling around Perth and its surrounding areas, your toddler can communicate wants.
- Speaks one or two words to their mother or father such as ‘Mum’ or ‘Dad.’
What should you do if your child has a speech delay?
The experience, knowledge and care of an accredited speech therapist can help. Focused Education’s dedicated clinicians understand exactly how to help young children that need support.
Focused Education’s Perth Speech Therapy Services for Babies/Toddlers with Speech Language and Communication delays.
Our speech pathology practice is based in Osborne Park, Perth. The clinic’s knowledgeable and dedicated speech pathologists work intensively with West Australian families to achieve the best possible outcomes for children with speech and language difficulties.
What are our speech therapy services for children?
- In-home Speech Therapy Services in Perth City and the surrounding suburbs.
- In clinic speech therapy services at our Balcatta based clinic.
- Therapy for babies and toddlers with feeding difficulties.
- Helping children with expressive and receptive language skills.
- Perth Speech Pathology coaching, training and child centred support for parents.
- Therapy for motor speech delays/apraxia in children
- Group therapy for Perth children requiring language/social skills.
- Specialist “Wiggle Kids” Speech and Occupational Therapy Holiday Program.
We invite you to call our reception team to discuss your child’s speech and language development needs on
(08) 61887669 or complete the contact form below.
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