Speech and Language: Frequently asked questions
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.