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“How do I know if my child needs help with language skills” And “How is language different from speech?"
By Gina Cato, M.A, CCC-SLP, Chief Speech/Language Pathologist
Jenny was playing “I Spy” with her family. Jenny listened intently as her sister described the next item. “You use this to stay dry in the rain, and it
has a handle.”
hammer!” Jenny said.
many reasons why a child could guess “hammer” instead of “umbrella” in this
situation. In Jenny’s case, she has a
language disorder. Jenny has problems
with understanding and using the meaning, formation, and social rules of
language to communicate effectively. Jenny participated in a speech/language evaluation with a
Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) when she was in Kindergarten.
Kindergarten, Jenny’s teacher noticed several signs that Jenny was struggling
to communicate. Jenny tried, but didn’t
follow her teacher’s spoken directions well. If her teacher gave two steps to follow, such as, “Put your paper on my
desk and find your pencil,” Jenny would find her pencil but didn’t follow the
first step. Jenny often looked at her
classmates to figure out what she was supposed to do. Jenny liked to talk, but her teachers and
classmates often couldn’t figure out what she was talking about. During circle time, Jenny talked about her
new puppy at home, but nobody knew she was talking about a puppy until much
later. She said, “He eat food. He drinked water. He played ball.”
all of these problems may be signs that Jenny has a language delay or
disorder. By the end of Kindergarten,
children can usually follow one to two directions in a sequence, talk about an event,
and retell a story. The American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association has more information on its website about
language development. Go to http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development. Here you'll find a series of articles describing expected language skills from birth to
think your child has a language disorder, the Center for Hearing & Speech
can help. The Center’s certified
Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs) provide language evaluations consisting of
standardized tests and informal observations. The language evaluation takes one-and-a-half to two hours. Afterwards, you will
receive a formal report explaining the results. Based on the evaluation’s findings, the SLP may recommend language
therapy and/ or classroom modifications.