Communication begins at birth and is how we connect with our children
Early language intervention can be provided to infants who have trouble with feeding and swallowing or who are showing signs that they will struggle with language or speech in the future. An early intervention can provide infants with the specialized care they need to quickly catch up with their peers, so that they can learn language and begin speaking at the right age without difficulty. Our experienced speech pathologist helps infants learn communication skills in a number of ways.
Infant Speech Pathology and Communication
Because infants are not yet at the age where they will start speaking, it can be difficult to determine if the infant does in fact need specialized care and assistance from a speech language pathologist. During checkups with the speech pathologist, parents should discuss speech milestones and other behaviors to make sure that their infants is progressing at the normal speed.
If an infant is not reaching the traditional milestones, this may be a sign that an intervention is needed. Infants who suffer developmental or congenital disorders such as Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and autism may have difficulty with early communication development and require specialized treatment.
Some of the early milestones that an infant should demonstrate include:
• Reacting to loud sounds
• Reacting when someone begins talking to him
• Making sounds when happy or satisfied
• Crying in order to get help or attention
• Babbling and laughing when 5-6 months old