How Old To Get Evaluated?
A child of any age can be evaluated, from birth on. Some children are considered “at risk” of speech/language problems due to an underlying diagnosis. These children should be evaluated at the time of the diagnosis and monitored regularly per the speech/language pathologist’s instructions. In addition to typical speech and oral-motor skills, there are known pre-speech behaviors which must occur before a child begins to speak. Some of these include babbling, jargon, turn taking, imitation and other social-pragmatic skills.
The earlier a child is identified as needing support, the better the outcome. Some pediatricians advise parents to “ wait until the child is 24 months”. However, the child should have two-word sentences already well established, and this can be valuable time lost in language acquisition and brain development.
Call us today and see how we can help you and your child.
We offer assessments and treatment for children (ages infant to 21) with many diagnoses, including:
- Speech disorders
- Verbal Apraxia
- Expressive Language
- Receptive Language
- Oral Motor Skills
- Unintelligible Speech
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Improper Social Use of Language
- Reading Intervention
- Other Speech and Language Problems