That is our DREAM for your child too. That he/she will not just be fine, but wonderful. It sometimes may feel that by seeking the services of a specialist, you’re creating a problem. If there is no problem, an appointment may reiterate just that. However, if there is a problem, an appointment will, put the problem into focus and list the steps to solving it.
How to tell if your child may be having speech and/language difficulties:
To determine if a child qualifies for our service, answer the following questions:
Is my child a late talker?
Is not pointing or gesturing to communicate at 1 year.
Has less than 20 single words at 18 months.
Has less than 100 single words or is not combining words at 24 months
(i.e. uses single words to communicate)
Reluctant to imitate sounds or words.
Disinterested in communicating with people or becomes frustrated when trying to communicate.
Does my child have a speech problem?
Difficult to understand Substitutes / omits sounds when talking (e.g. says “nake” for “snake” or “kitapu” for “kikapu”)
Finds it difficult to interact with others.
Does my child have a language problem?
Difficulty understanding and following instructions.
Gets frustrated when explaining.
Difficulty organizing words into sentences.
Difficulty recalling or retelling stories or events (e.g. story seems disjointed, misses important details about events and characters)
Difficulty making friends or socializing with peers.
Difficulty remaining on topic.
Difficulty reading and / or writing.
Does my child have a literacy problem?
Difficulty reading, writing and spelling.
Slow progress in reading level.
Difficulty identifying rhyming words or counting syllables.
Takes a long time to read or struggles with reading for meaning.
Very high or very low pitch.
Husky voice all the time.
Sounds nasal all the time.
Stuttering / Stammering (Dysfluency)
Appears to get stuck on a sound and can’t get it out (blocks)
Repeats sounds, words or parts of phrases e.g. “p-p-p-pass me the box”
Experiences secondary characteristics such as facial grimacing, excessive eye blinking, excessive head movement or avoidance of particular words when talking.
Is inattentive and restless in listening situations.
Needs frequent assistance or direction from adult to complete a task.
Needs extra time to respond and organize response when required to speak.
Needs assistance following routines in class, appears disorganized (forgets homework, loses pens, etc.)
Short term Auditory Memory/ Sequencing
Has difficulty remembering sequential information e.g. the alphabet, days of the week, etc.
Has difficulty remembering and carrying out instructions.
Confuses directions or instructions.