Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is probably the least known common childhood condition. DLD is diagnosed when children fail to acquire language acumen for no apparent reason. This results in children who have difficulty understanding what people say to them, and struggle to articulate their ideas and feelings. Research shows over 6% of children suffer DLD.
Recognizing Developmental Speech Disorder
12 months – recognizes own name, understands basic instructions, uses one/two words
18 months – uses 5-20 words
1- 2 years – growing vocabulary, uses two-word sentences, imitates animal sounds
2-3 years – 450-word vocabulary, enjoys hearing stories, uses short sentences
3-4 years – Uses sentences with 4-5 words, 1,000-word vocabulary
4-5 years – Uses past tense, has the vocabulary of 1,500 words, starts asking questions
5-6 years – 6,000-word vocabulary, can describe things, use 5-6 word sentences
3 Common Myths
She’ll outgrow it!
She’s either lazy, disinterested or bad!
It comes from poor parenting
Teletherapy to the Rescue
Speech Pathologists who practice teletherapy have several strategies to help these children such as:
- Activities focused on language intervention can enhance a kid’s understanding of language while giving her a chance to practice skills. Online speech therapy provides an impressive array of intervention activities for children. For example, describing each step of a process models to the child how to use language to explain actions in an orderly way.
- SLPs using the medium of teletherapy use pictures, objects, and books to elicit responses from the kids with whom they work. When the child responds incorrectly, the SLP will gently and carefully sound out the name of the object and explain how it is used in very simple terms that the child can easily understand.
- In teletherapy, when the SLP practices articulation exercises and activities, children are encouraged to say words correctly. Depending on the kid’s particular age and stage of development, the child may be asked to tell a story about what happened today. When the SLP hears words enunciated incorrectly, she will help the child slow down and sound out every sound carefully.