• Khadijah Khalid

The Most Essential Things To Know About Speech Delay That You Will Ever Get

Updated: Feb 27

It became common nowadays to see 'children not talking' as compared to before. The advancement of technology reduces the real time interaction between people, which is one of the causes of the stated phenomenon.

Most parents will freak out when the child is not able to talk, make sentences and/or converse like their peers especially when the time comes to enter kindergarten or primary school.

Some of them believe the stigma that children will grow out of it. How do you know that for sure? Yes, all children will go through the same stages as their speech and language develops. However, it is hard to know exactly when your child will get to each stage. In that case, it is better to take action rather than wait if you see your child is not progressing.

Table of contents

  1. What Causes Speech Delay?

  2. How to Keep Track My Child's Speech and Language Development?

  3. When Should Parents be Concerned?

  4. What Should I Expect in Speech Therapy?

  5. Who is a ‘Speech-Language Therapist’?

Not all children with speech delay have the same cause and issue. Some children are very active and some are more passive. There are also children who could say a few words and then suddenly the words disappeared.

Speech delay has four contributing factors:

  1. Structural e.g. hearing impairment, cleft and muscle tone.

  2. Biological or genetic and developmental disorders e.g. Down syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  3. Neurological e.g. cerebral palsy, epilepsy and stroke.

  4. Environmental e.g. lack of interaction, parent-child interaction or too much screen time.