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Delayed Speech & Language Development in Children

Developing a Child’s Speech and Language Skills

The ability to understand and be understood is critical to being able to function effectively in the modern world.

Everything from socialising with friends to holding gainful employment requires a gamut of speech and language, social and literacy skills that have their foundations in childhood.

However, for children with speech and language delays, some or all of these skills are not so easy to come by. These children may need a more intensive approach to learn how to understand what has been said, to form sounds correctly or to know how to put words together in effective sentences.

Achieving functional speech and language skills are essential for a child to be able to:

  • Express their wants and needs
  • Socialise with their peers
  • Learn
  • Develop early literacy skills
  • Have the confidence to function within the wider community
  • And ultimately, the ability to live an independent life

The best teacher is YOU

If you have sought professional help through programs such as Talkabout, then your child’s future is already looking brighter. However the most important teacher in your child’s life isn’t the specialist – it is you. The way you model language and interact with your child on a daily basis is crucial to their ultimate success in the speaking world.

Don’t worry though, you’re not expected to do it alone. The professional staff at Telethon Speech & Hearing are here to help you.

Have fun and join in your child’s learning journey – it’s the most rewarding job you will ever do.

Click here to learn more about our specialised language program, Talkabout.