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A Language delay is something quite common to the small ones.

It is a type of communication disorder and it affects lots of children.

When we can observe some of the following symptoms and warning signs in a child, then, we are able to detect or suspect a language delay, at least until a specialist can confirm the existence:

  • not babbling by the age of 15 months
  • not talking by the age of 2 years and until the age of 3 years
  • an inability to speak in short sentences by the age of 3 years
  • difficulty following directions and understanding others
  • poor pronunciation or articulation
  • difficulty putting words together in a sentence
  • leaving words out of a sentence

Those are some of the alarms for parents to have in mind. Language delay can affect both receptive and/or expressive language.

But what happens, when a language delay appears and you don´t know which are the causes?

The first thing to do is to visit a specialist, a speech and language therapist, so that you get informed about the causes.

Language delays in children have many possible causes. In some instances, more than one factor contributes to a language delay. Some common causes include the following:

  • Hearing impairment: It’s common for children who have a hearing impairment to have a language impairment as well. If they can’t hear language, learning to communicate can be difficult.
  • ASD: While not all children with autism have language delays, autism frequently affects communication.
  • Intellectual disability: A variety of intellectual disabilities can cause language delays. For instance, dyslexia and other learning disabilities lead to language delays in some cases.
  • Several psychosocial issues: These can cause language delays, as well. For example, severe neglect can lead to problems with language development.

It is important that you ask for help when you think that your child presents some of those signs and is not able to communicate with others.

Together we will establish an intervention program totally personalized and I will guide you in order to be able to help your child at home. 

Don’t forget that: As human beings, one of our basic needs is to be able to come into contact with other people, which is an indisputable requirement for a stable physical, mental, and emotional health. A language delay prevents the child from transmitting fluently and understandably what is happening to him, which is frustrating and requires all possible support.

Do not hesitate to ask for help and contact me!