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Jennifer Benedik, SLP
Dr. Stella Benarroch, Ph.D.

Recognizing the signs that your child may benefit from speech therapy can help address any communication challenges early on. Here are some indicators that your child might need speech therapy:

  1. Late speech development: If your child is not meeting typical speech milestones, such as babbling by 6 months, saying single words by 12 months, or using two-word phrases by 24 months, it could indicate a delay that may benefit from intervention.
  2. Difficulty understanding or following instructions: If your child struggles to understand simple commands or follow directions appropriate for their age, it may suggest a language comprehension issue.
  3. Limited vocabulary: A child with a limited vocabulary for their age group may benefit from speech therapy to expand their word bank and improve communication skills.
  4. Unclear speech: If your child’s speech is difficult to understand, particularly for people who are not familiar with them, it could indicate articulation or phonological issues that could be addressed through therapy.
  5. Stuttering: If your child experiences frequent repetitions, prolongations, or blocks in their speech, it may be a sign of a fluency disorder like stuttering that could benefit from speech therapy.
  6. Difficulty with social interaction: Problems with social communication, such as trouble initiating or maintaining conversations, understanding social cues, or engaging in play with peers, may warrant evaluation by a speech-language pathologist.
  7. Issues with feeding or swallowing: Persistent difficulties with chewing, swallowing, gagging, or excessive drooling beyond the typical age for these behaviors could indicate a need for evaluation by a speech therapist who specializes in feeding and swallowing disorders.
  8. Frustration or behavioral issues related to communication: If your child becomes frustrated or exhibits behavioral problems due to difficulties with communication, it’s essential to seek support from a speech-language pathologist.

It’s important to note that every child develops at their own pace, and occasional difficulties with speech and language are common. However, if you notice persistent or concerning patterns in your child’s communication skills, it’s a good idea to consult with our speech-language pathologist  for an evaluation.

Early intervention can often lead to better outcomes for children with speech and language difficulties.