Editor's Note: The following post was written by Kelli Thompson, M.S., who holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech Language Pathology.
Whenever I meet parents of young children and they learn that I’m a speech language pathologist working with the preschool population, I’m immediately bombarded with questions about their children’s development. “My child’s been stuttering a lot later,” “My son can’t say his R’s,” or “My 3-year-old still isn’t combining words.” What does typical speech and language development look like, and when should you seek intervention?
Between articulation (aka sound production), language (think vocabulary size and variety, sentence structure, ability to understand spoken language), fluency (aka stuttering), voice (think hoarseness), and social communication skills, the number of areas we treat for within this field seem endless. In the following list, I’ll hone in on some of the most common indicators for seeking a speech and language evaluation for your young child.