Parents are often confused as to whether or not they should call a speech/language pathologist (SLP). It is certainly true that all children develop at his or her own pace and what is referred to as “normal development” can vary quite a bit.
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Depending on age and situation, there can be a lengthy list of what to look for in regard to speech and language skills. But, as a general guideline, we typically tell parents and caregivers to seek the help of an SLP when…
What can I expect?
At the end of the day, it never hurts to talk to a professional. Oftentimes, many of your questions are answered and you will feel relieved at having some guidance. If you call to talk to an SLP, he or she can help determine if it is necessary to meet with a therapist and will explain what will happen at your first visit. You will be able to ask questions and will get recommendations on what to do next.
The earlier you call, the sooner we can start making a difference and give you some peace of mind. Start by searching speech/language pathologists in your area, asking your pediatrician for a referral or emailing/calling our center.