Our team is experienced in providing a range of pediatric speech-language pathology services, occupational therapy, instructor therapy, art therapy, and pediatric physiotherapy.
Our Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDAs) have expertise in the following areas:
- Articulation Delays (Pronunciation)
- Oral Motor Disorders
- Auditory Processing Disorders
- Language Delays
- Literacy Delays
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Acquired Brain Inquires
- Voice Disorders
- Medicolegal Assessments
We use leading edge assessment tools to identify strengths and needs. We collaborate with clients and their families to develop a clear treatment plan outlining goals and recommendations. We work with professionals and specialists from across the globe to ensure children receive optimal service.
Early intervention is an effective way to reduce your child’s areas of difficulty. Many delays can become amplified over time if not properly assessed and treated. It is never too early or too late to seek services if you have concerns. Our team has successfully worked with many children to overcome areas of difficulty. Treatment can take place in office or via Online Speech Therapy/Telepractice.
Milestones By Age
It can be difficult for parents to determine if their child requires any speech-language pathology services. Often we hear parents say that they have been told to wait and their child will start talking but their “gut” tells them they should get some help. Parents tend to know when to seek the services of an S-LP but here are some guidelines of general speech-language milestones to help you know when to call us to help.
At 12 months, your child should be able to:
- Say “mama/dada” plus a few other words.
- Use speech and other sounds to get your attention.
- Use gestures to communicate (waving, lifting arms up to be picked up)
- React and recognize his/her own name
- Recognize words for common items like “cup”, “book”, “milk”
At 18 months, your child should be able to:
- Say 10-20 words
- Begin to combine 2 words (e.g. “more juice”)
- Point to a few body parts when asked
- Follow simple commands and understands simple questions (e.g. “Roll the ball”)
- Use different consonant sounds at the beginning of words.
At 24 months, your child should be able to:
- Say 200-300 words
- Use words more than gestures
- Combine 2-3 words (e.g. “I want juice”)
- Be understood by familiar listeners most of the time
- Listen to stories for longer periods of time
At 3 years of age, your child should be able to:
- Say 900-1000 words
- Follow 2 step directions (e.g. “Get the book and put it on the table”)
- Use 3-4 word sentences
- Retell simple events
- Understand and use words for shapes and colours
At 4 years of age, your child should be able to:
- Say approximately 1500 words
- Use 4-5 word sentences
- Ask many questions
- Answer simple who, what, where, when questions
- Take turns while playing with others
At 5 years of age, your child should be able to:
- Say approximately 2200 words
- Use 5-6 word sentences
- Follow 3 step directions (e.g. “Go to the shelf, choose a book, and bring it here to read”)
- Take turns in a longer conversation
- Categorize items or object (e.g. a banana is a fruit)
It’s best if speech-language disorders or delays are targeted as early as possible. It’s important to remember that every child’s speech and language development is unique and contacting a speech-language pathologist can help you determine any concerns. If you have any concerns please feel free to call or email us. One of our speech-language professionals would be happy to answer any of your questions.
At Anderson Therapy Services, our services cater to the needs of our clients. As a result, sessions can range in length, frequency, and duration – depending on what works best for you.