How Do I Know If My Child Needs A Speech Therapist?

Downs Syndrome boyhaving speech therapyWe often get asked, “how do I know if my child needs a speech therapist?”

First, it is important to note that children progress at different rates. That said, it is common for parents to miss the warning signs pointing to a speech and or language delay in their child. Parents, this is not your fault! It is our job as Speech-Language Pathologists (“SLP”) to increase awareness and help you know what to look for.

So this article is here to help you know when it may be time to reach out to an SLP for a professional opinion or assessment.

Your child may need speech therapy if he or she…

  • has not begun to say sounds or first words by age 12 months
  • is not putting 2-words together to make a two-word phrase by the age of 2 years (e.g., “want more”, “mama shoe”, etc)
  • does not seem to understand questions or directions:  
  • has speech that is difficult to understand
  • has a diagnosis of autism or other developmental delay
  • does not seem interested in developmentally appropriate play with toys 
  • has difficulty interacting socially with peers
  • cannot express themselves using sentences similar to peers
  • has a feeding disorder or is a picky eater
  • has a hearing loss

Early intervention is highly supported in the research so be sure to reach out sooner rather than later! We would be happy to answer your questions and help you get started if an assessment and/or therapy are warranted. Call us today 301-881-1394.