A Speech/Language delay is a type of communication disorder. A child may have a language delay if he/she doesn’t meet the language developmental milestones for his/her age. Their language abilities may be developing at a slower rate than other children’s of their age. They may have issues in expressing themselves or understanding others. The delay may involve a combination of hearing, speech, and cognitive impairments also.
A speech/language delay can be :
A child with speech/language delay won’t achieve language milestones at the typical age. The symptoms and missed milestones depend on the child's age and the nature of his/her language delay.
Some common symptoms of speech/language delay are :
Speech/language delay in children may have many possible causes. In some instances, more than one factor may lead to a language delay.
Some common causes of speech/language delay include :
Potential risk factors for speech/language problems include :
Speech/language delay is diagnosed as well as treated by Speech and Language pathologist/Speech Therapist. However, as the condition is mostly associated with other neuro-developmental issues like Autism, Intellectual Disability, Behavioural issues etc., Occupational therapy may help to address these problems.
OT also helps in improving :
Thus, an Occupational therapist may not directly help in developing speech/language of the child but will definitely assist by addressing other associated problems.