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Who are the Late Talkers?

Most children learn to speak and communicate with little to no outside help.  However, some children are late to begin talking.  That may be due to innocent causes, such as an older sibling speaking for the child, or it may be caused by something more serious, such as a language disorder or autism.  Either way, it's not something to ignore.  The term "late talkers" refers specifically to children who are late to talk but seem to be developing well in other areas, such as in understanding and cognition/thinking.  However, the strategies used for late talkers can benefit all children who are late to talk so if your child isn't speaking as much as he should be by now (for any reason), keep reading!

So how do you know if your child is a late talker?  To give you a point of reference for how many words your child should be using, here is a chart based on age. The number of words represents the average size of a child's vocabulary at that age, but if your child's vocabulary is slightly lower, it isn't necessarily a large concern. However, if your child is far off from these numbers, there may be a problem.

Age of Child

Number of Words

12 months

2-6 words

15 months

10 words

18 months

50 words

24 months (2 years)

200-300 words

30 months

450 words

36 months (3 years)

1,000 words

42 months

1,200 words
48 months (4 years)

1,600 words

Obtained from Linguisystems Website

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What To Do About Late Talkers

Being a parent of a late talker can be very scary. As parents of late talkers, you have probably received a ton of different advice from well-meaning parents and professionals who have told you what they think you should be doing to help your child. Keep in mind that some late talkers do learn to speak normally on their own without any speech therapy or interventions at all.  However, there is no way to tell for sure if your child will be one of those or not. Some children require intensive therapy to speak normally and the earlier that therapy is started, the better. As a speech-language pathologist, I recommend beginning treatment as soon as the problem is detected. This gives your child the best chance possible to catch up. If you are
concerned with your child’s speech and language development, here’s what you should do:

First and foremost, call a speech-language pathologist! A certified speech-language pathologist will be able to tell you for sure if your child has a speech or language delay. She will also be able to give you individualized recommendations for strategies to use at  home to help your child.

In the meantime, there is plenty you can be doing at home!  Unfortunately, many speech-language pathologists (SLP) have long waiting lists and it may take time for your child to get an appointment and get evaluated. And even then, it will take a few sessions for the SLP to get to know your child and create a plan. It may be months before your child actually begins therapy. That is time that could be well-spent on strategies at home. That’s where this e-book comes in! Keep reading to find out how this e-book will play into your overall plan for your child.

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How Does This Program Help Late Talkers?

Why is this Program Helpful?

 

  • It allows you to begin therapy techniques immediately while you’re waiting to see the speech therapist.
  • It will give you additional information to tell the speech therapist so that she can jump right in with the most effective strategies for your child.
  • This program may be all your child needs to get jump started and you may not have to continue paying for speech therapy sessions if your child catches up on his own.
  • This program may help your child make faster progress in speech therapy since you will be working with him at home. With continued use of these strategies, you may be able to “graduate” from speech therapy early, saving you money and helping your child catch up more quickly.

 

What are the Components of This Program? Is there Research to Support It?

1. Each week targets one indirect therapy technique that is research-based and child-centered. These are techniques that speech-language pathologists use in therapy to increase speech output:

  • Self Talk and Parallel Talk: Providing a running commentary of what you or your child are doing (Paul, 2007, pg 77)
  • Expansions: Adding on to what a child has said, increasing probability that the child will imitate part of the expansion (Paul, 2007, pg 77)
  • Sign Language: Research Shows that use of augmented communication (such as sign language) does not inhibit speech production and can actually encourage it! (Millar, et. al., 2006)

2. Each week also includes a variety of vocabulary activities that are designed by a speech-language pathologist based on these research-based therapies:

 

 

  • Focused Stimulation: Modeling a specific word for your child over and over in meaningful ways (Paul, 2007, pg 79).
  • Milleu Teaching: Structuring situations that will tempt your child to say a specific word and prompting if the child does not say anything (Paul, 2007, pg 80).

 

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