Speech / Language Delay

Speech and Language Delay/Difficulties

  • Conditions that cause child’s inability to comprehend or share ideas or feelings because of an impairment in language, speech, hearing or intellect
  • Problems could be in speech production (articulation), receptive (understanding) language, expressive (spoken) language, social communication
  • Need to exclude conditions such as Autism/ASD, LD, Epilepsy, Hearing loss, Mutism
  • Delay in Speech and Language (without disorder) is common, i.e. affects 5-6% of children
  • Presents as not babbling by the age of 12 months
  • Not talking by the age of 2 years
  • Not speaking in short sentences by the age of 3 years
  • Can have poor pronunciation or articulation
  • Can have difficulty putting words together in a sentence
  • Child has diminished ability to exchange thoughts, opinions, information or communication
  • Lead to child being anxious, isolated, withdrawn, stressed
  • Has impact on learning, achievement, relationships, employment and life outcomes
  • Hassle-free and easy to book appointments
  • No waiting list to worry about. Book a date that is convenient to you
  • Comprehensive and evidence-based developmental assessments
  • Detailed diagnostic report that can help you in getting the right help, support and services
  • Early intervention means better outcomes for your child
  • I review reports from all settings e.g. nursery or school
  • Carry out SAL-specific developmental and family history
  • Observe/elicit SAL specific behaviours and difficulties through play-based tests
  • Neurodevelopmental assessment for children under 8 years
  • Carry out full physical examination including neurology, to rule out medical problem
  • Growth assessment
  • Inspect for associated conditions e.g. ASD, Hearing loss, LD
  • Review information from tests
  • Build a picture of your child’s strengths, weaknesses and needs
  • Provide you with a clear diagnostic report confirming the nature and severity of SALD
  • Offer you information about local and national sources of support and information
  • Give you SAL-specific behavioural, educational and environmental strategies
  • Advice regarding review by other professionals e.g. SLT where required
  • Advice regarding further tests where required e.g. hearing
  • You could use medical report e.g. to gain extra support at school, claim allowances/benefits
  • You will feel empowered to enable your child from this holistic assessment and action plan
  • Present you with an option for follow-up, if required