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delayed speech



Delayed Language and Speech:It is defined as the individual's language skills not developing at the level expected for his/her age in terms of comprehension and expression.


What Are the Symptoms of Delayed Speech?

Delayed speech is a language and speech difficulty that varies widely in both degree and type. The observations of you, the parents, have an important place in the diagnosis. While observing your child, paying attention to whether he/she has the following symptoms will facilitate the diagnosis.


Children with delayed speech:

  • They have limited vocabulary. They either do not speak at all or may use a few words that are difficult to understand.

  • There may be problems swallowing, chewing, drooling.

  • They may have difficulty expressing their thoughts and wishes.

  • They may tend to use gestures, mimics and signs.

  • They may be reluctant to communicate.

  • They may act indifferent to the sounds and conversations around them, and may seem indifferent.

  • They can make incomprehensible sounds.

  • Difficulties in adapting to their environment and new environments may be observed.

  • They may prefer to be alone.

  • They may react unpleasantly (such as hitting, hitting, crying, shouting) while expressing their wishes and thoughts.

  • Their attention span can be short and messy.

  • They can learn concepts late and in a long time.

  • Their memory may be weak.

  • They may not be able to transfer the knowledge they have learned.


Who Should You Ask for Help?

The earlier the delayed speech difficulty is detected, the sooner medical and educational measures will be taken for the child.

You can consult a therapist as a result of your assessment of your child's condition.

The therapist will evaluate the results of the examination and make the diagnosis and carry out the necessary treatment in cooperation with the family.

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