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What can I do at home to help my child with speech and language development?

Understanding your child’s current communication level (preverbal, single word communicator, phrase or sentence level communicator, etc.) is very important in terms of what to model at home. Try not to overuse questions to get your child to talk, but rather model comments about events as they are unfolding. Try to avoid rapid and lengthy speaking turns, and encourage turn-taking. Praise your child’s efforts to communicate using all possible means: gestures, pointing, gaze, and verbal attempts.

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How do I know if my child needs an evaluation?

A comprehensive evaluation may be needed if your child is not meeting, or is slowly meeting, speech and language milestones, is at risk for a speech/language disorder due to the presence of another condition such as Down Syndrome or Autism, or if there is a family history of speech and language disorders.

How long can I expect my child to attend speech therapy?

The length of therapy cannot be predicted. Children may show immediate improvement, or it may be very gradual. The rate and pattern of improvement is different for every child. 

How often will my child receive therapy?

Frequency and time of therapy depends on the speech and language needs of the child and is typically determined following the evaluation. Depending on the needs of the child, he or she may attend once to twice weekly. Therapy is only increased if needed.

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