Frequently Asked Questions about Speech Therapy Services
When should I be concerned about my child’s communication skills and development?
While each child develops at a unique pace, listening and language milestones can be used to monitor spoken language development. Parents who are concerned about their child’s development should discuss these concerns with their child’s pediatrician.
Here are general guidelines for when a child should be using spoken language:
- First words by 12-15 months of age
- Frequent two-word combinations by 21-24 months of age
- Frequent three-word combinations by 36 months of age
- Intelligible speech in conversation 90% of the time by age 4
- Complete sentences most of the time by kindergarten age
Is there anything I can do to help my child’s speech-language development?
Here are some helpful tips:
- Always be aware of the level at which your child is communicating.
- To get your child to talk, make comments about events as they happen, and avoid asking too many questions.
- Encourage taking turns in conversation, and avoid speaking rapidly or for too long when it is your turn.
- Praise your child’s efforts when they communicate with appropriate gestures, pointing, gazes, and verbal attempts.
How long will my child require speech therapy before catching up with their peers?
That will depend on factors such as the severity of the hearing loss and your child’s cooperation, motivation, and readiness to learn. Children who find it difficult to understand language, or who have underlying neurocognitive impairment (such as autism) may require a longer course of treatment.
How often should my child attend speech therapy?
Typically, children receive speech therapy one to two times per week, based on the severity of their hearing loss and the recommended intervention program. More intensive schedules are implemented when necessary.
How long are therapy sessions?
Parent-centered speech therapy sessions typically last 45 minutes.