Language & Speech Concerns

teli early intervention therapists have identified specific things to look for and questions you may have with regard to your child’s language and speech development.

Early Intervention and Joint Attention – it takes two! Authored by: Kristen Lang, teli Speech and Language Pathologist In an infant’s first few months, they begin to achieve developmental milestones that build the skills to communicate for a lifetime. It may not include words, but it does include another person!  An infant gazing at their...
Do children in bilingual families experience greater speech and language delays?  Not the case, says Kelly Beddall, teli Speech Language Pathologist. “There is a great deal of misinformation regarding the rate of language development in children in families where two languages are spoken,” notes Kelly. “In fact, regular experience with two different languages has been...
Are language and speech the same thing? Believe it or not this is a misconception that Lea Uhl, a teli Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist, encounters from parents on a regular basis in her work in Early Intervention.  “I speak with a number of parents who are confused about the difference between speech and language when...
Do gestures boost language development in children? When your child points or holds their arms out to be picked up, these gestures are the important beginnings of language development. “Gestures are a significant step as a child begins to interact and communicate with others,” notes Kristi Keele, Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist at teli. “There is...
Why is Early Intervention important for hearing loss in children? Hearing is essential to the development of your child’s speech and language skills. Early intervention is the most important thing you can do for your child. With the proper intervention, early in life, most children with hearing loss can overcome the obstacles associated with the...
I know what my child wants before he speaks… does that discourage him from asking? I would rather she use words rather than pointing and grunting… how do I help? In Part I of this series on Early Intervention and Speech Development, we focused on activities to develop oral muscle memory by making silly faces...
Why are silly faces important in Early Intervention? How do making silly faces in the mirror help my child develop speech? How does making a sound like a car help my child to begin to form sounds? When your child is receiving Early Intervention Services, teli therapists work to  provide parents  with certain activities to...
Early Intervention- helping children’s voices be heard. Diane Wolfe, a teli Pediatric Speech Pathologist, spends her days helping children find their voice. Early Intervention services provide parents with a support for children that for some reason do not speak. A child’s first sounds of “Dadda and Momma” are like music to a parent’s ear and...