A “late talker” is a toddler who has good comprehension, cognition, play and motor skills, but has a limited number of spoken words.
Research shows 70-80% of late talkers will catch up.
Sounds like pretty good odds, right?
This means 20-30% of late talkers will NOT catch up.They will have persistent language and literacy issues that could affect them academically and socially.
Why We Shouldn’t “Wait and See”
Research shows that the earlier a child receives help, the better his outcome will be.
“Parents will never regret acting early. They might, however, regret acting too late.” -Elaine Weitzman, speech-language pathologist and Executive Director of The Hanen Centre
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