Preschool Speech and Language Services

Algoma Public Health

Preschool Speech and Language Services

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Communication skills are critical to your child's future success. About one in 10 children needs help developing normal speech and language skills. Without this help it's a struggle to listen and talk, it's difficult to learn to read, and it's hard to play with other children.


What is a speech delay?

 A child with a speech delay has trouble producing sounds.


What is a language delay?

A child with a language delay has difficulty understanding or putting words together to express ideas.

What causes speech and language disorders/delays?

There are many kinds of speech and language disorders/delays and there are many reasons why they happen. If you think that your child is having problems developing language, it's important to get help right away.


Early therapy can:


  • improve your child's readiness for school
  • improve your child's self-esteem and confidence
  • prevent problems from getting worse
  • help your child get along with others
  • decrease frustration
  • reduce behaviour problems





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Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: May 23, 2017