Toddler Speech Pathology

Toddler Speech Pathology (18 months old to 3 years old)

Speech pathology for toddlers is a type of therapy that helps toddlers develop better communication skills.

How do I know if my toddler has difficulties in speech?

There are various signs that indicate a toddler may need speech pathology. It’s important, however, not to confuse speech problems with normal developmental delays. In general, however, some of the most common signs of speech delay include:

  • Has a difficult time understanding what others say
  • Fails to say complete sentences
  • Only knows a few words
  • Trouble talking and playing with other kids
  • Excessive stuttering
  • Consistently fails to follow easy directions

How do I know if my toddler has problems with language?

Language difficulties varies from child to child. However, some signs to look out for include:

  • Not seeming to listen when they are spoken to
  • Appearing to lack interest when storybooks are read to them
  • Difficulty understanding the meaning of words and sentences
  • Difficulty remembering all the words in a sentence in order to make sense of what has been said
  • Inability to understand complicated sentences
  • Inability to follow verbal instructions; especially if the instruction is long or complicated

How can a Speech Pathologist help?

Fortunately, speech pathology helps most toddlers improve their communication skills. Keep in mind that each child is different and may benefit differently. Other benefits include:

  • Improvement in understanding and expressing ideas and thoughts
  • Increase in the ability to solve problems
  • More fluent in speech
  • Improvement in vocal quality
  • Better self-esteem, mostly due to the ability of increased speech performance

For very young children like toddlers, we sometimes need to look at how a child interacts with parents and caregivers before we can work on developing language skills.

If your child demonstrates any of the difficulties outlined above, or if you have any other concerns about your child’s speech development, please contact Kid Speech Language Literacy to book an assessment.