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What can you do to treat language and speech delays in children?

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If your child does have a delay, he or she might need speech therapy. A therapist can work with your child on how to pronounce words and sounds, and strengthen the muscles in his or her face and mouth. You can also work with your child on speech and language:

  • Talk with your child throughout the day. Point out objects or sounds at home, at the grocery store, in the car, or anywhere you go. Ask questions and respond to answers.
  • Read to your child every day.
  • Get treatment for ear infections or any other condition that might affect your child's hearing.

SOURCES :

CDC: "Developmental Screening," “Facts About Developmental Disabilities,” "Important Milestones."

KidsHealth. “Delayed Speech or Language Development.”

Shevell, M. et al. , March 16, 2007. Neurology

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare: "Identifying Patterns of Developmental Delays Can Help Diagnose Neurodevelopmental Disorders."

Nemours Foundation: "Delayed Speech or Language Development."

Nemours Foundation: "Your Child's Vision."

First Signs: "Red Flags."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES :

CDC: "Developmental Screening," “Facts About Developmental Disabilities,” "Important Milestones."

KidsHealth. “Delayed Speech or Language Development.”

Shevell, M. et al. , March 16, 2007. Neurology

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare: "Identifying Patterns of Developmental Delays Can Help Diagnose Neurodevelopmental Disorders."

Nemours Foundation: "Delayed Speech or Language Development."

Nemours Foundation: "Your Child's Vision."

First Signs: "Red Flags."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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