A language delay can mean that your child struggles to understand what is said to them or that they can find it difficult to make their needs and wants known. Children can also have delays in both language comprehension and expression.
Parents of children who are late to talk are often told not not worry and that their child will talk “when they are ready”. However, up to a third of late talkers will not improve without treatment and we have no way of knowing which children will catch up with their peers before school and which children will continue to struggle.
If your child has a language delay it doesn’t mean you have done anything wrong but it means that you, as the parent and caregiver, can be the key agent of change for your child. Talk to a speech pathologist sooner rather than later about fun, family centred ways to promote your child’s language development.