What’s​ ​all​ ​the​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​talking?

When​ ​did​ ​your​ ​child​ ​first​ ​start​ ​talking?​ ​For​ ​some​ ​of​ ​you​ ​reading​ ​this​ ​you​ ​will​ ​hardly​ ​be able​ ​to​ ​recall​ ​a​ ​time​ ​when​ ​your​ ​little​ ​person​ ​was​ ​silent.​ ​For​ ​others,​ ​however,​ ​you​ ​may be​ ​frustrated​ ​waiting​ ​for​ ​your​ ​child​ ​to​ ​say​ ​their​ ​first​ ​words​ ​let​ ​alone​ ​their​ ​first sentences.​ ​Maybe​ ​you​ ​have​ ​friends​ ​and​ ​family​ ​telling​ ​you​ ​‘not​ ​to​ ​worry’​ ​and​ ​‘he’ll​ ​talk when​ ​he’s​ ​ready’?​ ​Is​ ​this​ ​true?​ ​Are​ ​Speech​ ​Pathologists​ ​just​ ​an​ ​overly​ ​cautious bunch​ ​who​ ​want​ ​everyone​ ​talking​ ​as​ ​soon​ ​as​ ​possible?

Whilst​ ​a​ ​child​ ​will​ ​often​ ​begin​ ​to​ ​communicate​ ​with​ ​words​ ​eventually​ ​we​ ​do​ ​have reason​ ​to​ ​be​ ​vigilant.​ ​Research​ ​tells​ ​us​ ​that​ ​children​ ​who​ ​were​ ​​Late​ ​Talkers​​ ​are​ ​at greater​ ​risk​ ​of​ ​language​ ​and​ ​learning​ ​challenges​ ​at​ ​school.​ ​They​ ​may​ ​also​ ​face specific​ ​difficulties​ ​developing​ ​literacy.

If​ ​your​ ​little​ ​person​ ​is​ ​heading​ ​off​ ​to​ ​school​ ​next​ ​year,​ ​now​ ​is​ ​a​ ​great​ ​time​ ​to​ ​review their​ ​skills.​ ​If​ ​he​ ​or​ ​she:

  • Was​ ​later​ ​than​ ​average​ ​to​ ​start​ ​talking
  • Ever​ ​experienced​ ​difficulties​ ​with​ ​particular​ ​speech​ ​sounds
  • Finds​ ​it​ ​challenging​ ​to​ ​follow​ ​instructions​ ​or​ ​answer​ ​questions
  • Has​ ​not​ ​yet​ ​taken​ ​an​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​learning​ ​such​ ​as​ ​asking​ ​questions​ ​and “reading​ ​books”

Now​ ​is​ ​the​ ​perfect​ ​time​ ​to​ ​see​ ​a​ ​Speech​ ​Pathologist​ ​to​ ​review​ ​your​ ​little​ ​person’s speech,​ ​language​ ​and​ ​literacy​ ​skills.
If​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​know​ ​more​ ​about​ ​your​ ​child’s​ ​early​ ​talking,​ ​read​ ​more​ ​here.

Our​ ​team​ ​at​ ​Newcastle​ ​Speech​ ​Pathology​ ​can​ ​help​ ​your​ ​child​ ​get​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​the​ ​best start​ ​at​ ​school​ ​in​ ​2017.​ ​Call​ ​us​ ​to​ ​book​ ​an​ ​appointment.​ ​Follow​ ​us​ ​on​ ​Facebook​ ​and Instagram​ ​to​ ​find​ ​out​ ​about​ ​our​ ​services​ ​and​ ​find​ ​out​ ​about​ ​upcoming​ ​events.

Written by Alison
Speech Pathologist
Newcastle Speech Pathology