Stories about: speech delay

Ask the Expert: Is my child’s language development on track? 10 things to consider

African american toddler on phone-shutterstock_272996918It’s normal for children to acquire speech and language at different rates — just as they learn to walk at different rates. But if you feel your child is having more trouble communicating than she should, don’t ignore your concerns. Early understanding and expression of language can affect other parts of your child’s development such as play skills, social interaction and the ability to self-regulate.

When should you request an evaluation? Drs. Carol Wilkinson, of Boston Children’s Division of Developmental Medicine, and David Urion, of the Department of Neurology, offer their advice and 10 tips on things to watch for.

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Could speech delays be related to TV watching?

Michael RichMedia expert Michael Rich, MD, MPH, director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston, answers your questions about media use. Last week, he discussed toddlers and sign language.

Here’s this week’s question:

Q: I am a speech therapist, and a large percentage of the children with speech delays whom I treat are allowed to “graze” on TV all day. Are there any studies showing a relationship between TV watching and speech and communication delays in the preschool population?
-Serious about Speech in Atlanta, GA

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