Developing the ability to express ourselves is an important part of growing up. Being social creatures living in structured communities, we humans need to be able to ask for what we want, to tell others what we don’t like, to seek help, and to express ideas.
It can be quite concerning when your child isn’t speaking at the same level as other kids their age. If your child has difficulty getting their message across or doesn’t seem to understand what others are saying, then it’s important to rule out a language disorder.
A language disorder is an impairment that makes it hard for someone to find the right words, or to form sentences when speaking. Children with a language impairment might also find it difficult to understand what someone else is saying, answer questions appropriately and follow directions.
Let’s quickly look at the types of impairments a child might have, and how they can be supported.