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Speech and language delays can have negative effects in adulthood

Did you know that having a speech/language delay can affect your child as an adult?

Recent research has shown that children with speech-language delays have a higher risk for developing social, emotional, or behavioral problems as adults. And you might ask, what does language has to do with social-emotional behavior? Well…  a lot! Early language delays can affect a child’s ability to socialize with peers and make friends. This social isolation can carry over into their adult years. For example, they might have difficulty making and maintaining relationships or even keeping a job. Also, parents of kids with speech-language difficulties are more likely to be stressed, they show less interest in their child’s education, and do not read regularly to their child.
Here’s what you can do to help your child (when they are still kids)

  1. If the teacher or you think there is a speech and/or language delay, get professional help from a speech therapist. The earlier a child receives proper intervention, the more successful that intervention might be. Contact your child’s school-based speech pathologist or contact the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
  2. Read at home. Reading helps increase receptive language skills, vocabulary and literacy.
  3. Establish homework routines. Homework helps review the lesson learned. Children with speech-language delays benefit from repetition.
  4. Make sure you are on top of his school activities. 

 Did you know that having a speech/language delay can affect your child as an adult? Now we know and we can help them.