A Language disorder refers to problems with either understanding the communicated message sent from others (receptive language disorder) or the ability to successfully communicate a meaning or message to their communication partner (expressive language disorder).
A child may need speech therapy if they;
- Show difficulty following directions,
- Do not understand what people have said,
- Cannot put words and sentences together to express thoughts,
- Have difficulty finding the right words,
- Make grammatical errors,
- Produce incomplete sentence structure,
- Rely on standard phrases and limited content in speech,
- Use non-specific vocabulary such as ‘this’ or ‘thing’,
- Parrot words or phrases of things that are said to them (echolalia).