There are a variety of environmental reasons that you can identify and change if necessary.
If the underlying reason is genetic or medical, then a speech therapist will be needed at some stage.
Look at the list below and see if any of the categories apply to your child.
Reasons for slow speech development A child may be slow to develop language because:
- he is not often spoken to, or put into situations where conversation is taking place.
- he has psychological problems, such as word deafness (associated with dyslexia - inability to distinguish letters) or autism (extreme withdrawal and unresponsiveness).
- he has a physical defect such as deafness or a cleft palate.
About five in every 2000 children are quite severely deaf.
- he is mentally slow to develop or has a condition such as cerebral palsy.
- he is suffering from a disturbing emotional experience or physical ill-treatment.
- he has brothers and sisters who do it for him.
- he is not interested in speaking, and is a slow learner.
- he comes from a quiet, uncommunicative family.
It may be necessary for him to see a speech therapist, who will try to find the cause for the slowness.