Language Disorder

A child may have a language delay or a language disorder if he / she has problems understanding questions, following directions, learning new words, saying new sentences or be completely non-verbal.

  • Language problems in children are described by many terms: language delay, language disorder, language impairment, language-learning disability and specific language impairment.
  • Various early risk factors are known to be associated with language disorders in children. These include: hearing loss, Autism, Down Syndrome, brain injury, Cerebral Palsy, prenatal conditions such as maternal drug abuse, perinatal conditions, premature birth, pre linguistic communication deficits, delayed production of first words, lack of socialisation or social play, reduced use of gestures and impaired learning of speech sounds.

Children may have difficulty with understanding language (receptive language) or problems with speaking (expressive language). Difficulties include:

  • Understanding and using gestures
  • Following directions, answering or asking questions
  • Pointing / identifying / naming pictures and objects
  • Knowing when and how to take turns
  • Putting words together to make a sentence
  • Knowing how to start a conversation
  • Learning the alphabet and numbers
  • Difficulties with reading and writing
  • A Speech, Language and Swallowing Pathologist will assist with increasing the child’s understanding, improve how the child uses words, train family / caregivers how to interact with the child, improve overall communication and help with other communication methods when needed.
  • At Q Enrichment Center, our Speech, Language and Swallowing Pathologist will conduct an extensive comprehensive assessment to determine the type of difficulty, the severity, as well as the diagnosis related to the speech and language difficulties. A detailed report will be completed along with a treatment plan specific to each individual’s needs.