Speech Pathology Australia shows that one in five Australian four year olds have communication difficulties.
Here are a few little known facts about them:
- Communication difficulties occur more frequently in boys than girls.
- In some cases, there is a definite genetic cause at play, resulting in sometimes more than one child in the family needing speech pathology intervention.
- Other risk factors for speech difficulties include repeated ear infections, prematurity, and prolonged dummy and bottle use.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and decide to take the next step and consult a speech pathologist (GP referral is not required) assessment will typically involve them asking your child to name different pictures from a book. This information is then analysed to determine if there are patterns of errors and if these are typical or atypical speech errors.