Speech delay is common in about 10% of children. As a parent, you likely have a number of questions regarding your child’s ability to speak and communicate.

What Is Isolated Speech Delay?

“Isolated Speech Delay” refers to any delay in your child’s speech abilities or language comprehension. Speech delay can happen in a number of ways and at a variable rate of severity. Isolated speech delay is not related to any developmental causes like hearing loss or other neurological complications, hence the term “isolated.”

What Are The Symptoms Of Isolated Speech Delay?

Speech delay can look like a number of different things.

Cannot say simple words by age 16 months
Simple words include repetitive sounds like “mama”, “dada”, ‘ow” when one hears a motor engine or airplane, imitates the prosody of a short phrase such as “thank you” or says the word ‘hi”.

Does not understand words by 1 and a half
It may be frustrating as a parent when you tell your child to stop or say no, or yes and they don’t seem to listen. Alternatively, this is an example of isolated speech and language delay. Rather than not listening, they may not be able to understand what you are saying.

Cannot speak in sentences by 3
Speaking in short sentences is a common milestone for toddlers and young children. If your child misses this, there may be some investigating to be done.

Cannot tell a story by 4 or 5
Storytelling is an essential way children learn. If your child is around 4 or 5 and cannot yet tell a simple story, this is a sign that their speech and language comprehension is behind.

Long-term Effects Of Isolated Speech Delay

Isolated speech delay, if not addressed and managed in a timely fashion, can lead to complex issues in the future. These issues could be behavioral in nature or much more cognitive. Finally, a child who develops speech and language comprehension abilities later may have lower confidence levels.

How To Address Isolated Speech Delay

With help from an experienced Speech-Language Pathologist, your child can get Speech-Language skills on track. The earlier your child’s delay is diagnosed, the faster they can catch up. Many children are able to catch up with help from the right SLP. Those who do catch up typically experience little to no long-term effects.

Have you noticed any symptoms of an isolated speech or language delay in your child? Talk to an expert Speech-Language Pathologist. Shelley Ortved today about your therapy options and how to get your child’s speech on the right track today!