Will my child outgrow her speech and language problems?
Although some children do outgrow their problem, it is always best to be on the safe side and ask for a professional opinion.
Neither you nor your child can afford to wait if there is a problem.
Should I wait until my child begins school to get help with a speech and language problem?
No, in the case of speech and language problems, the earlier you get help the better.
A child whose delay is identified early has a significantly better chance of developing skills that are necessary for success in school.
If you are concerned about your child's speech and language, arrange for an assessment.
What causes speech and language problems?
There is not always a known cause for a child's speech and/or language problem.
Certain factors, if present, are known to be associated or linked with a speech/language delay (For example, recurrent ear infections, hearing impairment and family history). Many children with speech/language delay have no associated risk factors.
Is it common for the younger children in families not to talk?
Birth order does not cause the delay - children with speech and/or language delays may be born first, second or fifth in a family.
It is true that parents need to support a child's talking attempts in a family where brothers and sisters tend to talk for each other.
Does bilingualism or multilingualism delay language development?
A child's first words generally appear around the same time, whether or not she is hearing more than one language.
Exposure to more than one language will not cause a longstanding speech and/or language delay.