What are the causes of delayed speech?
There are many causes of delayed speech such as • Hearing loss. • Slow motor development. • Lack of stimulation in the environment. • Mental retardation. • Cleft lip/palate. • Children with a history of birth complications i.e. high risk babies. • Emotional and behavioral problems in the child. Q: Whom should I consult for my child s delayed speech? A: A language and speech pathologist would be the right person to guide you. She would evaluate the child in all aspects by carrying out various tests and investigations and find out the causes of delayed speech and then proceed with therapy. Q: What kind of therapy will be given to my child? A: The therapy depends on the cause of the delay in speech. If your child is normal in all respects then, it could be that the environment is not stimulating enough for the child to start speaking, in that case the therapy would be in the form of play. Q: What should I do if my child is a high-risk baby? A: If your child is a high-risk baby then you sh