A language disorder is present when a preschooler (3-5 years old) shows substantial difficulty in understanding and speaking. They may be unable to follow conversations with others or express their own language – many children with a language disorder experience both. In some cases, children also have trouble with early reading and writing.
How do you know if your child has a language disorder? Every child develops at different speeds and a thorough evaluation by a licensed speech pathologist should be performed.
However, the following examples are common signs that a specialist may explore:
- Trouble understanding basic directions or concepts
- Difficulty learning words
- Frequently saying words out of order
- Difficulty having conversations and sharing stories
What causes language disorders? A variety or combination of the following factors may contribute:
What should you do if you think your child has a language disorder?
Connect with your pediatrician for a proper evaluation. They may suggest working with a certified speech-language pathologist who can thoroughly evaluate your child. If necessary, a team of therapists and clinicians can best decide a course of care. Speech therapy provides excellent results for children with language disorders.