If you’re worried, take action, especially if he experienced birth complications such as a long labor, the cord being around his neck or a delay in breathing at birth.
If Dennis had more than 5 ear infections before he was 2, he may have a language processing disorder.
Guidelines suggest that if Dennis isn’t “on target” at 36 months, consult with a speech and language therapist.
His vocabulary should be exploding. He should be using 2-3 sentences in conversation, follow 2-3 step instructions and talk well enough for strangers to understand him most of the time.
Speech and language therapy is not painful to the child and intensely involves parents in the process, so there’s no reason to delay. Targeted intervention early in the developmental stages is the best approach for any disorder.
Language is the core of academic and social functioning, so learn and take the necessary steps.
Early, intense and consistent intervention are keys to a positive outcome.
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