Does my child need to see a Speech Pathologist?

If your child is experiencing any of the following, they may benefit from seeing a Tiny Tots Speech Pathologist:

Feeding:

  • Poor weight gain
  • Choking, gagging or coughing at mealtimes
  • Problems with vomiting while trying to eat
  • Difficulty transitioning from purees
  • Difficulty accepting table food solids or transitioning to the next texture
  • Difficulty transitioning from breast/bottle to a cup
  • Avoiding foods of a specific texture or food group
  • Eating less than 20 foods at the age of 2 years
  • Crying or arching at most mealtimes
  • History of eating and breathing coordination issues, with ongoing respiratory problems
  • You describe your child is a ‘fussy eater’ or ‘picky eater’
  • Mealtimes always feel like a battle
  • Your child is difficult to feed.
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Tiny Tots Speech Pathology Adelaide therapy children communication feeding skills
Tiny Tots Speech Pathology Adelaide therapy children communication feeding skills
Tiny Tots Speech Pathology Adelaide therapy children communication feeding skills

Communication:

At 6 months

  • Does not smile or interact with people
  • Does not make simple sounds such as aaah, oooh

At 9 months

  • Not showing enjoyment with others through eye contact and facial expression
  • Not using gestures e.g. pointing, waving
  • Not using two-part babble e.g. dada, bubu

At 12 months

  • Does not notice someone new
  • Does not takes turns in simple games e.g. peek a boo
  • Shows no response to familiar words e.g. Mummy, Daddy, milk

At 18 months

  • Does not interact with others
  • Does not use any clear words
  • Cannot understand short requests e.g. Where is the ball

2 years

  • Does not understand simple 2-part instructions e.g. Give me the ball and the car
  • Does not understand what and where questions
  • Uses less than 50 spoken words
  • Is not learning new words
  • Does not put two words together e.g. more drink, push car
  • Has difficulty being understood

3 years

  • Has no interest in pretend play or playing with other children
  • Difficulty noticing and understanding feelings e.g. happy, sad, angry
  • Speech is difficult for familiar people to understand
  • Does not use simple sentences e.g. big car go

4 years

  • Unwilling or unable to play co-operatively
  • Is not talking using complete sentences
  • Is difficult to understand

For further information about speech and language development, please refer to the Communication Milestone Checklists available from Speech Pathology Australia.

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