Young Children

Young family

Speech in Focus, Speech Pathology Services provides assessment and therapy for toddlers and preschoolers.

Learning to communicate is a complex process. In some situations, it is not clear why some children have difficulties.  

Communication is a foundation for most activities. We use it at home, raising children, meal times and, family gatherings. It is essential for navigating in our world.

Young children’s speech and language difficulties are occur in all types of families. It does not matter if the child is from a large or small family.  It does not matter if you and your family speak more than one language. Speech Pathologists understand that all families are different, but one thing remains the same; desiring the best for your child and their future.

Late talking is not the result of anything the parents have done wrong. It is understandable that parents can feel responsible.   At Speech in Focus, the parent and the child is the centre of our world.   We value working with parents, as their concerns and goals form part of the therapy process.

‘I thought Amy was shy, just like I was as a child. Her younger sister is talking more than her.’  

‘Jack didn’t respond to his name when I call him, but he always ran to the TV when his favourite show came on.’

‘Theo plays with things he is interested in, he won’t look or copy things I say.’

‘I don’t know if Chris will be ready for school, I can understand him, but his father can’t.

‘Patricia is the youngest of four children, everyone talks for her. She used the dummy for a long time too.’

As a parent, it's not so easy to tell if your child has a speech or language difficulty.Speech in Focus, Speech Pathology Services can help. 

Signs that your child needs a Speech Pathologist.

  • Learning to talk more slowly than other children of the same age.
  • Unusual difficulty understanding simple instructions or requests.
  • Sounds for speech that are unusual, compared with other children of the same age.
  • Difficulty being understood – even by members of your family.
  • Not seeming to listen when someone speaks to your child. 
  • Your child is appearing to lack interest during story time.
  • Your child plays on their own a lot more than other children of the same age do. 
  • Struggles to join in play with other children.
  • Your child prefers to point or take you by the hand than to talk.

Some of the reasons children may have communication difficulties.

  • Frequent middle ear infections.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Prolonged dummy or thumb sucking.
  • Developmental delay.
  • Genetic conditions such as Fragile X, Down’s Syndrome, and 22q Deletion.
  • Family history.
  • Cleft lip and palate.