How do I know if I need to see a Speech Therapist?

Learning to speak is a crucial part of a child’s development and the most intensive period of speech and language development happens in the first three years of life.

Even though children vary in their development of speech and language, there are certain ‘milestones’ that can be identified as a rough guide to normal development. Typically, these skills must be reached at certain ages before more complex skills can be learned.

These milestones help speech pathologists determine if a child may need extra help to learn to speak or use language.

 

Here are some guidelines for what your child should be saying according to their age: XXX

You should contact a speech pathologist if:

  • you are worried about your child’s speech
  • your child sounds different to the ages and stages outlined above
  • if your three year old cannot be understood by adults