Signs that your child may need speech therapy
|Speech Delay / Disorders
||Communication Delay / Disorders
|The child has difficulty producing sounds. Words are incorrectly pronounced or distorted to the extent that his speech is unintelligible to others.
- He leaves out the sounds. Eg cup –> up
- He substitutes the sounds. Eg fish –> pish
- He omits the syllables. Eg elephant –> efant
- He has limited language.
- He cannot verbally express his basic needs. He uses mostly gestures to express.
- He repeats after others. (parroting / echoloalia)
- He cannot hold a conversation with others.
|Language Delay / Disorders
- Language delay / disorders can be receptive and/or expressive.
- The child has difficulty following simple instruction.
- He has limited vocabulary.
- He has difficulty putting words together to form a phrase / sentence.
- He has difficulty using language in a socially appropriate manner.
- The child has difficulty recognizing / remembering new words.
- He has difficulty picking up phonics that are introduced in school.
- He has difficulty comprehending what he has read.
- He has difficulty with spelling.
- He has difficulty expressing in written language.
Additional Resources for Parents
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