May 6, 2022
Early identification and referral for speech, language, and hearing concerns are more important than ever right now, as we see increasing evidence that the pandemic has put many very young children at higher risk for delayed or disordered communication development.
At the Language Express Preschool Speech and Language Program we encourage you to take the time this May to check that the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers in your life are on track for communication success. Complete the online Language Express Communication Checkup on our website at www.language-express.ca. The Communication Checkup screens for speech, language, and global development every 6 months from 6 months to 4 years of age. Parents can make a referral to Language Express online after completing the Checkup, or can call our office to make a referral or ask questions at 1-888-503-8885.
Two out of 1,000 babies have permanent hearing loss at birth and two more develop hearing loss by the age of five, so it’s essential to watch for warning signs and talk to your doctor about hearing testing even if your child passed the newborn hearing screening. Children with hearing loss may hear some sounds but miss others, making it harder to learn speech and language. The current edition of the Language Express newsletter includes a list of signs of hearing loss.
Language Express provides speech and language assessment and therapy services for young children in Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville counties. Services are free and are available from birth until the end of Junior Kindergarten. The deadline for referrals is November 30 of the child’s Junior Kindergarten year. This means that children born in 2018 must be referred by November 30, 2022.
Earlier referrals lead to better outcomes. Studies show that intervention provided in the toddler and preschool years has more impact on a child’s future well-being and success in school than the same amount of intervention provided when the child is older.
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