Does my child need speech therapy?
Updated: Jan 5, 2021
Is she talking as much as she should be? Can other people understand him as well as I can?
At a time when the last thing you need is one more thing on your plate, these questions may linger in your mind. It can be stressful and daunting to figure out where to go and what to do after deciding to pursue therapy, so it often gets pushed to the back burner to deal with later.
Sooner is definitely better when it comes to speech and language intervention. The earlier you begin therapy, the greater the likelihood of success in your child.
You may want to consider reaching out to a speech-language pathologist if:
-You are concerned about your child's vocabulary development. Expect your child to
know about 50 words by age 18-24 months, and 200 by age 2.
-You or other individuals have a difficult time understanding your child. By age 3, you
should be able to understand 75% of what your child says.
-Your child has a known developmental delay or disorder.
-Your child receives therapy through school or Early Intervention but you would like
additional services to support growth and carryover.