Early signs of communication

Long on Language is pleased to announce the addition of early intervention speech/language services.   Services are offered in our office, at home or schools in our local area.

Discovering and managing speech and language problems early is the best way to prevent later communication problems. Recognizing the signs of language problems is the first step in getting the right services for your child.

 

Signs of Early Language Disorders in Children

    • Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older)
    • Does not babble (4-7 months)
    • Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7-12
      months)
    • Doesn’t understand what others say (7 months-2 years)
    • Says only a few words (12-18 months)
    • Words are not easily understood (18 months-2 years)
    • Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5-3
      years)
    • Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2-3
      years)
    • Has trouble with early reading and writing skills (2.5-3
      years)
      ASHA 2016

 

Signs of Language Disorders in Elementary and Middle School Children

  • Does not follow directions well when given orally
  • Does not follow conversations with peers
  • Uses few words to express their ideas
  • Words are not easily understood
  • Relies heavily on simple sentences or phrases to get ideas across
  • Has trouble playing and talking with other children
  • Has trouble with reading and writing skills
  • Difficulty retelling a story or event (doesn’t get to the point of the story)
  • Often forgets words or uses general terms instead of labeling the specific object (ie. “thingy” “its” “stuff”)
  • Limited vocabulary

If your child needs early intervention or other speech language services in the Cambridge, Boston Metro and surrounding areas please contact Long on Language.