Therapy for Preschool Speech and Language Delays


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2 days ago · When it comes to language delays, as many as 20% of children between the ages of 2 and 7 years old will experience some sort of a delay. 2  Sometimes simple speech delays are temporary and will resolve on their own with a little extra help from you and your family and other times your child will need intervention from a trained specialist. It is part of their preschool speech and language growth and development. It is when a pattern of usage that is out of the developmental norm can be seen in their speech or language that a red flag should be raised by teachers to decide if referral for speech therapy or language therapy assessment is necessary. Preschool Speech Language Services is a Community Rehabilitation, single discipline service for preschool age children (0-5 years) with primary speech and language delays/disorders.

According to the University of Michigan Health System, delayed speech or language development affects 5 to 10 percent of preschool-aged children. Types A language delay. The SLP (or speech therapist) will check your child’s speech and language skills.

The pathologist will do standardized tests and look for milestones in speech and language development. The SLP also will check: what your child understands (called receptive language). Free Speech Therapy Tools — Worksheets for Building Speech and Language: – terrific resource for kids with special needs.

Includes printables and worksheets designed for home and students who need help transitioning into a school setting. If you think that your child is having problems developing language, it’s important to get help right away. Early therapy can: improve your child’s readiness for school. improve your child’s self-esteem and confidence. prevent problems from getting worse. help your child get along with others. decrease frustration. If what your child says (expressive language) is the only delay, you may be given suggestions to help your child at home.

Formal speech therapy may also be recommended. If both what your child understands (receptive language) and what he or she says are delayed and a hearing test is normal, your child will need further evaluation. DAF, which stands for Delayed Auditory Feedback, is a speech and language therapy tool that was created to help people who speak at a fast rate to speak more slowly. DAF technology allows you to hear your speech in an altered manner. First, you record your voice.

Children with developmental language delays need support with receptive language skills. If you add emphasis, this helps clue them into the critical words and important information. A: Add a visual, gesture, or cue.

Children with developmental language.

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Many states have laws requiring such screening, and in those states where adequate early intervention is available, infants receiving services by 6 months of age are beginning kindergarten with receptive and expressive language skills commensurate with their hearing peers.

“Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration” by Fenwick W. English
from Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration
by Fenwick W. English
SAGE Publications, 2006

The most inappropriate course of action would be to wait for the child to mature, delaying intervention until the child achieves readiness for a treatment program that relies on imitation procedures to teach new speech sounds.

“Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders” by Françoise Brosseau-Lapré, Susan Rvachew
from Introduction to Speech Sound Disorders
by Françoise Brosseau-Lapré, Susan Rvachew
Plural Publishing, Incorporated, 2018

If the child is attending a playgroup, nursery or children’s centre, but the speech and language therapy service is being offered within a clinical centre, the child’s key-worker or teacher is encouraged to observe at least one of the language group sessions.

“Speech and Language Therapy: The decision-making process when working with children” by Myra Kersner, Jannet A. Wright
from Speech and Language Therapy: The decision-making process when working with children
by Myra Kersner, Jannet A. Wright
Taylor & Francis, 2013

Language delay may require visits to a speech therapist for advice about language interaction between the child and significant adults.

“Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism” by Colin Baker
from Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
by Colin Baker
Multilingual Matters, 2011

Cognitive, speech, and language delays are commonly seen in children with this disorder, and enrollment in early childhood intervention programs should be arranged as soon after diagnosis as possible.

“Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing9: Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing” by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson, Donna L. Wong
from Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing9: Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing
by Marilyn J. Hockenberry, David Wilson, Donna L. Wong
Elsevier/Mosby, 2013

Referral to speech and language therapy may be made to assess developmental language delay.

“The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach” by Alan Carr
from The Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology: A Contextual Approach
by Alan Carr
Routledge, 1999

When the child has achieved fluent speech (severity ratings at home of 1 [normal fluency] and less than 1% syllables stuttered in the clinic), a maintenace program should be started, involving continued measurement at home and during gradually faded clinic visits.

“Stuttering: An Integrated Approach to Its Nature and Treatment” by Barry Guitar
from Stuttering: An Integrated Approach to Its Nature and Treatment
by Barry Guitar
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006

The three-year-old child with a diagnosis of CAS may receive four individual, 30-minute treatment sessions per week with an emphasis on facilitating speech praxis.

“Here's How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Second Edition” by Margaret Fish
from Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Second Edition
by Margaret Fish
Plural Publishing, Incorporated, 2015

Intervention programs should assess the language, cognitive skills, auditory skills, speech, vocabulary and social–emotional development of all children with hearing loss at six-monthly intervals during the first three years of life, preferably using norm-referenced assessment tools.

“A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics E-Book” by Sandra Johnson
from A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics E-Book
by Sandra Johnson
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2012

The therapist may go into the preschool classroom and work with your child or the whole class in order to address speech and language development skills.

“Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems” by Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi
from Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems
by Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi
Wiley, 2010

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  • hello Kayla….my son 3yrs 10 months old….nd with delayed he started to tell rhymes but the conversation has yet not started…what should I do?

  • I know this video is old but i just came across it and im getting excited just watching baby boy in the video progress. My son is 2 years old and was a preemie born at 29weeks and he has speech delay so this is EXTREMELY helpful

  • Hi I find this very helpful. My son just turned 3 and has a speech delay. What do you recommend to do to improve his speech? He does understand when I tell him to do something and he communicates by pointing and saying the few words he does know. Please any advice would be helpful

    We also speak to him in spanish and english so I dont know if that has to do with his speech delay

  • My son just started pre k he’s 4 still has a speech delay and since the start when I was enrolling him I was already worried so you have any tips for a preschooler with less vocab than other kids he’s around on a daily He loves to babble on about a lot but it’s hard for him to pronounce words when he’s tryna talk in sentences it hurts me a lot that he still can’t use his words in sentences

  • Can you do an overview video of your activity box of the contents. I am an E.C.E and a SAHM and homeschooling mom of 4. I am just interested in the contents to make sure there isn’t any ideas I am forgetting to add to my activity box for my youngest. My second oldest 12 had a stroke in utero and is delayed in speech and has hemi CP and epilepsy and we work on speech on a consistent basis and I have noticed my youngest who just turned two is also behind in speech and I am working with him as well on speech therapy. Thank you for all your helpful videos and teachings. You are appreciated more than you will ever know. Much love.

  • My daughter talks only when she wants to. She knows words but hasnt added much to her vocabulary since she was like 18 months. Shes said the same things and she is going to be 2 in august. I go over her body parts constantly and she will only say bey button everything else she just touches on wont say the word. Same with colors she can point not say them.

  • How old is this little one? This is like watching my son! I suspect my son has asd but maybe not? My son is 19 months so still young.

  • I’m so lost and confused. My daughter is exposed to three languages between my husband and I which includes English. She’s 26 months old and has not spoken a single word yet but she sings her nursery rhymes in English so well.

  • Hi mam. My child is 5 years and having ADHD. And also had speech delay. But now speech is okay, but no eye contact. Pls suggest some videos regarding that. It will be very helpful. Thanks a lot.

  • My daughter is a micropreemie she was born 26 weeks she is now over 17 month actual age and 14 adjusted age one area she is delayed is speech..just says one word..This video is really old is the kid in this video?. is he below 2?

  • I really liked this lesson in trying to get him to talk. We have a 33 month old great-grandson who has autism and does not talk at all and this really gives me some good ideas I can try to use to get him talking. Thank you for making this video.

  • My two year old daughter cannot speak a single clear word, she can listen but cannot speak, is this normal, any suggestion or tips will really be helpful

  • I can’t wait to try this with my son. He is 18 months and can only say hot. Does not say hello, bye, mama or dada etc. I hope this helps him ��

  • I’m just wondering, has this child learned a word in this one session? My son whos 20 months uses only certain words (“that”, “book”, “mama”) and that would be the majority. But.. he’s great at following commands for example “get in your highchair”,”where’s your ba ba”, “close the door” and honestly tons of others im wondering after trying as many options as possible maybe when to expect progress. I know all children differ but maybe a ball park time frame

    Thanks this was very helpful

  • I’m really confused as to why this 15 month old is receiving SLP services (unless this is an evaluation, of course) when he demonstrates developmentally appropriate social communication.

  • This video is really helpful. My two year old will be turning 3 in November, due to covid we can’t get help right now.

    He can say around 20 words but struggles with sentences but he understands everything. The exercises in this video look really helpful so will definitely be trying them

  • Hi please help me. Im a mother of a 2yr.old child. We speak filipino language. But whenever she watches nursery rhymes videos,she immediately does what the video is telling her to do. Like head shoulders knees and toes. Im confused.

  • My son is 2 years 2 months old. He doesn’t speak to tell me what he wants though he is using some words to express himself still not much. On the other hand, he says all ABC, 1 to 12, various colour names. He recognize all these things and even tells me many things like A for apple, B for ball etc but doesn’t use normal speech for daily activities with me like never ask for water or food, never calls mumma or dadda please give me this… Do I need to worry? Or should give hime more time?

  • My very own son has problem reading books although he managed to graduate from kindergarten. The instructor sensed doubts he may be able to enroll grade and suggested to hold him back. Fortunately, we discovered this reading guideline. His own reading skills are outstanding for the 1st grade pupil and also his progress genuinely amazed the instructor. She also stated the story to other individuals. Get this guide on Google. The reading guide’s name is Elena Readoρiz
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  • This is a really helpful video! Some parents don’t realize the huge difference they can make to their child’s development and speaking abilities simply by spending some time doing such activities. Of course, when the situation is more serious, and a diagnosis has been made, more therapy and rehabilitation may be needed. I’ve heard great things about Hope AMC (, a rehabilitation center in Dubai, but know that it’s just one of many such centers.

  • I have a 3 years old nephew. He has speech delay and starts living with our family (my mom and dad) when he was 2 years old. i have opportunity to do activities just like what the therapist did and he can speak now! It just takes some times and works. Never give up if your child cant speak and never neglect if your child is “not like other child”. It is better to take early action.

  • You are a wonderful early language therapist! As a fellow SLP, it’s fun to see someone else’s techniques and ideas. What formal language assessment battery do you use for your toddlers?

  • Wow, this kid is WAY more developed linguistically than my 14 month old. Like WAY. I didn’t think my son was super delayed but now I definitely do

  • My son does everything this child does physically, even handles a ball better, but he just doesn’t repeat after me, only babbles. He has good eye contact and listens very attentively, good social skills but just won’t repeat anything I say. I’ve been trying to do the “1-2-3 GO” everyday for a month now still no progress, not sure what to do. He’s 16months now. Any advice?

  • The more I research on Speech Therapy, the more assured I become in my choice to pursue SLP! This video was especially helpful. Thank you, and I hope this child continues his rapid progression!

  • Hello. I have a 2 year old son. We moved to England four months ago. He spoke Turkish before we came here. He didn’t speak any Turkish word after moving here. He doesn’t even say dad. It’s just mom. He’s learning English from people around. But he can’t make sentences. He’s just learning words. How do I teach? How can we improve?

  • We are in the process of getting my daughter (severe speech delay) into student services at a local school near us. We contacted our local school district for this, and once she finishes her assessments, she’ll be attending 4 days a week for 3.5 hours. I’m excited for her to have extra help, we we’re currently paying for her to go to speech therapy about 30min away from us and she’s only able to go once a week for 30min.

    Thank you so much for your videos!! I watch them all!

  • So helpful! Not everyone knows how to have intentional, educational play with their little one and for some of us whose babies begin to struggle this is perfect! My little guy is 13 months and just beginning physical therapy and feeding therapy, but speech seems to be his strong point. I’m trying to integrate songs with movement into his daily exercises to help get those gross motor skills going!

  • thank you for sharing the video and information! we have been working with a speech therapist, for our youngest kiddo, for about a month and a half. Our sessions are about 30mins long, and very similar in content to what we found in your video. I am actively looking for more information and confirmation that we are doing the best we can to encourage and support our little one. Videos like yours are extremely helpful to people like us! <3 I signed up to your website and look forward to watching more of your videos and learning from all the info you have made available to the public. Thanks again!:)

  • I am a developmental specialist with a county board of DD in Ohio, who does home visits from birth to three and connect the parents with what they saw in therapy and how to do it in the home. I really appreciate your videos as I have just found them very helpful.

  • I found this helpful. My 19month old only says Dada and occassionally mom, but I can’t get him to say any other words. He understands what we say and when he wants something he tries to pull us by the hand but still won’t speak. I have even tried to teach him signs but when I do this he cries or tries to hug me instead. Are there any other tricks I can use to help him get talking?

  • Hi, my daughter turns 4 in June and she says a few words but can’t put them into sentences. I brought her to a speech therapist in school but she is shy and won’t say a word to the person. How can I get her to be more comfortable in talking. The therapist says that she is at risk of getting bullied in school because of her delay and I fear for her. Please help!!

  • This is such a great video to show special educators and therapists how to coach parents. But the sound quality is poor. Any way to fix this?

  • I think that my sister has Autism. She’s 21 months and still blabering and no sign of interactive play, hands flapping and watery mouth and no verbal communications and no eye contacts
    but she hold our hands and bring us to where her toy is stuck or also come to our running hug outdoors when we stretch our arms and also dances with bit clapping when a song is sung with 2-3 people… Mam please help…

  • How do you incorporate having a sibling into this? This seems doable one on one but I have anxiety about trying to do this with his 2 1/2 year old brother stealing the show.

  • I really like the way how you interact with the kids. I have notice my little one 4.5years have some issues with some words like L, S D words. What exercise I should plan for her to practice? I have been going to speech therapy but I didn’t really like it, and I don’t see that much of improvement. Do you any good speech therapy in Sydney? Thanks

  • I liked this video simply because you were so transparent about how little a toddlers attention span is, so many YouTube videos make it seem as though something is wrong if you can’t sit your toddler down for an hour a day reading and learning. I like many FTM get sucked into these unrealistic expectations of what it should be, when in reality they edited out all the times the child lost interest. It took me a while to get out of that train of thought and use common sense and realize that I have a toddler and toddlers can’t and won’t sit still to look at flash cards for an hour.

  • My son is 27 months old. And all he can say are ah-ah, ee-ee and owo. I dont always understand what he meant so he would take me to a place where the thing he needs is placed. If he is thirsty, I would ask him to say “water mama pls.” and he would say “, ah ah ah ah eee”. He also is short tempered and would hurt if he doesnt get what he wants or being stop at something. Im so worried that it might lead to something alarming. Pls advise. Thank you

  • my 28 month old is still not able to speak any words.. when she’s trying to speak she always stick her tongue out. is this normal or we should do something about her sticking out her tongue?

  • My daughter is 2 1/2 years old.she does not speak clearly.she speak one or 2words.she does not speak 2 words combined.i will try to train up.but she not speak joining words.plz tell some ideas for speak clear fluently to my baby

  • My 4 year old is Autistic and started speech at 3 he got diagnosed at 2 so a few months later his third birthday came he was able to start therapy with the insurance my husband’s job provided. Anyway it’s worked wonders! His therapist is the sweetest and I truly appreciate the work it’s been so great that we were able to start at an early age.

  • Thank you so much. Me and my wife is really learning a lot. Liam is 5 and he was diagnose with epilepsy when he was 6 months old. He became our life and angel since then.

  • Thank you so much for this video! My husband is absent from speech appointments and being able to fwd this to him to see not just hear about what we work on is wonderful!!!

  • How much therapy had this child had before this was filmed? My son is 15 months and isn’t saying any words, won’t “dance” to songs, point, wave, or clap. He getting evaluated for speech next month so wondering how long it’d take my son to get to this point?

  • Thank you so much for making this video. We have been going through the evaluation and approval process to begin speech therapy for my two year old step daughter. I am always looking for fun and productive ways to help her learn. Thank you for sharing this video.

  • i have a 3 year nephew..he spoke some one pronounce word…when his mother play with him or i he make contac with play eye contac.but dont react with other.he like play with alphabet song ryhem tv sound etc.dont spoke help me

  • I’m trying to decide if I want to go into speech language pathology and this is so extremely helpful. I’m glad I discovered you channel. What a cute little boy, and you are just great with him!:)

  • I really like all the different activities that you show. I really appreciate you putting this out here for parents. What I don’t understand is why the therapist uses more slurred “baby talk” at times. Using words correctly with good diction seems like it would teach correct language and pronunciation better. What are your thoughts on that?

  • Really helpful video. My son is 15months also and this little boy seems much more advanced my son. My son babbles and makes noises constantly but doesn’t say any words and doesn’t imitate at all. He’s very social though. I will try a lot of these although I doubt I’d get as much success!!

  • My 2.5 year old, still can’t speak. We are going to take him to a therapist. He does make sounds, and says letter of the alphabets (not so clearly) but still audible. He says 1,2 but not beyond that. This video really helped. Going to take him to a therapist.

  • Great fun and factual video..this is what often comes naturally with parents and normal children..very good for parents,with speech delay children to watch so that they can see the differences..and what their child has missed out on… never too late. Often parents are too busy and always on the smartphones busy with their own activity and when child wants it they put a cartoon or animation on and hand over the phone to child rather than a proper play with the child..letting the child taking lead and supporting the child by observation a little help and encouragement and tons of patience and enthusiasm..
    Thank you for this video I ft I stepped back in time with my own children 40 years ago. That is how it was with few basic toys but tons of fun… not the electronic gadgets…and iphones

  • Really helpful video thank you very much, will try to work with the tips you have provided!! PS: you have an uncanny resemblance to Myka Stauffer from “the Stauffer Life”, even down to mannerisms, amazing! ��

  • What is the difference between delayed developed w/receptive language but only says two or three words and autism w/no receptive language and not saying any words??

  • My 19 month old son hasn’t hit any of his 18 month speech and language milestones and has hearing loss in both ears. We are waiting to see a speech therapist, but is there anything specific I can do at home with a toddler with hard of hearing while we wait? I will try these activities in the video. Right now he says lots of babbles, but only says 4 words. He’s our foster son and only been with us a short time.

  • Thank you �� I really like your advice and ideas about it.
    My son is 2 years five moths. And I’m really nervous about Sending him to kindergarten.

  • I have just started watching your videos they are the best but was looking for video that will help my 18 month old to respond his name. How do I approach that?

  • hi my 2.7 yr old boy child just started to use his two word sentences…isnt need to take him a therapist or he will improve by practising your therapies-pls suggest

  • My daughter is 30 months old and she starts speech therapy next week. I am so scared! I will try what I have learned in this video. Thank you for making it.