Early Intervention for Speech and Language Delays

Early intervention versus a "wait and see" approach. Given what researchers in child development now know about early social, cognitive and neurological development, early intervention has been widely embraced by the medical community. The same holds true for children with delayed speech and language. Your child can receive intervention as early as 15-18 months if delays are present. See checklists and resources on this page to identify your child's communication development. If concerned, contact a speech-language pathologist.

The Importance of Early Intervention

Neural circuits, which create thefoundation for learning, behaviour and health, are most flexible or “plastic” during the first three years of life. High quality early intervention services can change a child’s developmental trajectory and improve outcomes for children, families, and communities. Intervention is likely to be more effective and less costly when it is provided earlier in life rather than later. “If a speech or language problem goes unnoticed the child may face life-long difficulties. Even children under the age of two can be helped with speech and language development…Early detection is vital.” Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Treatment: Hanen Early Intervention Programs

The gold standard for early intervention are the evidence-based Hanen programs, and can be conducted with individual families or in groups.The Hanen treatment model focuses on educating and coaching parents to interact and relate to their child in ways that facilitate language development through daily routines and play. Training takes place step-by-step and you are supported every step of the way to acquire the Hanen techniques proven to help your child. The frequency of Hanen-based treatment is weekly, for 8 weeks, and contains an initial assessment, two home visits, strategies to practice with your child between sessions, and highly individualized consultation during appointments. No two children are alike, and Hanen-Certified professionals can help you identify fun and engaging language facilitation strategies that will work with your particular child's relating style, activity level and interests.For more information, go to Hanen's website: http://www.hanen.org

I highly recommend you click on the link below to view this educational video on typical communication milestones up to the age of 30 months.

Developmental Milestones