Have you ruled out a hearing impairment? If so, you may be wondering why is my child not talking? Unfortunately, there is not any clear answer to this question. We suggest looking at the Speech and Language Milestones for your child's age to determine if a delay is indeed present. If your child is under age 3, we recommend contacting your local childfind. If you would like some tips and ideas on simple ways to improve your child's communication abilities, please visit our blog page.
A free milestone guide can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/index.html
Parents often ask us what is the difference between a delay and a disorder. The answer is not so easy to give in the early years. Encouraging signs that your child may have a delay, and not disorder, are: Your child understands language, your child uses a variety of gestures to communicate wants/needs, your child is learning and using new words. Curious to learn more? Check out the article below:
This is an area that can cause a lot of stress in families. Typically, children with PFD may have a variety of challenges, including nutritional, motor, sensory and/or psychological. Children with PDF are often challenging to parent and may require more than one specialist to be involved.
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Does your little one over-react, or under-react, to situations or stimuli? Does your child place hands over ears when a typical loud noise is heard? Does your child suffer a tumble, end up with a bruise and act like it was nothing? Sometimes children with Sensory Integration challenges also have co-occurring Speech and/or Language Delays. Why? Well, we all learn best when we are calm and rested. Oftentimes children with Sensory Integration challenges are unable to achieve a calm state for a prolonged period of time and this can interfere with their learning in general. Finding an Occupational Therapist (OTR) that specializes in Sensory Processing & Integration can be quite helpful.
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This disorder can be quite challenging to treat in the zero to three population because oftentimes it takes a long time for a child with SSD to verbally communicate. If your child is very quiet, makes a limited number of sounds and/or has unintelligible speech, that indicates your child should be professionally assessed.
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The good news is cleft lip and/or palate is common and most major city hospitals have a dedicated Cleft Palate team. We defer to their expertise and guidance and support families to keep their children safe as well as finding alternative communication solutions, when needed.
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