Speech Delays

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness

Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in Midtown, Atlanta, GA

Does your child struggle to form words? Is it difficult to understand what he or she is saying? Your child may have a speech delay, but Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness in Atlanta, Georgia, provides comprehensive language services from a speech pathologist that can help. This therapy uses the activities of your everyday life to offer language-learning opportunities that engage both parents and their children. For diagnosis and treatment of speech delays, call Jennifer Poulos, Psy.D and the team today your consultation.

Speech Delays Q & A

What is a speech delay?

Although the age at which children start talking can vary, the failure to meet specific language milestones may be a sign of a speech delay. Speech and language problems differ, but frequently overlap. 

For example, a youngster with a language delay may be able to speak clearly, but only be able to put two words together at a time. Or a child with a speech delay may be able to use words to share ideas but be difficult to understand.

How do I know if my child has a speech delay?

It can be difficult for you to know whether your child is taking a bit longer to reach a speech milestone. Typically, the team at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness diagnoses a speech delay when a child’s speech is trailing the language of children around the same age. Although every child is unique, most speech delays are diagnosed in children between the ages of 7 and 9.

What are the signs of a speech delay?

The failure to achieve certain language milestones may be a sign of a speech delay. One warning sign is if your child has trouble imitating sounds by 18 months. Another signal is when your child doesn't produce words or phrases spontaneously and can only imitate sounds that they hear by age 2. 

These signs suggest your child may need a professional evaluation at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness. Also, call the practice if your child’s speech is harder to understand than expected for their age.

How are speech delays diagnosed?

At Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness, a licensed speech pathologist performs a comprehensive assessment of your child. They evaluate areas of speech therapy, which include:

  • Articulation
  • Apraxia of speech (a speech disorder)
  • Language
  • Stuttering
  • Voice

They also look for signs of feeding difficulties, or what’s known as dysphagia.

What services are available for speech delays?

Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness provides speech-language services for children diagnosed with speech or language delays and a variety of associated disorders, including:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Apraxia of speech 
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Stuttering
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome

Speech therapy at Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness draws on the normal activities of everyday life to provide language opportunities that include parents. The team uses routine-based activities and play-based intervention to provide opportunities for kids with developmental language delays to strengthen their speech and language. This family-centered approach helps to ensure that your child can communicate in a way that enhances their quality of life. 

If you're worried about a speech delay in your youngster, call Intown Pediatric Behavioral Wellness today or book a consultation online.