Ages and Stages
Did you know…
- Speech and language problems are the most common faced by preschool children in Ottawa.
- At least 1 in 10 children will face a speech and/or language difficulty.
- Parents and caregivers have the greatest impact on their child’s speech and language development.
- No child is too young to have an assessment of his or her speech and language development.
- Any child can have a speech or language problem. It does not mean that the child is less intelligent.
Should I wait if my child is not meeting the communication milestones?
No, don’t wait. It is better to treat a speech or language problem early. You know your child best. You talk and listen to your child more than anyone else. If you think your child has any kind of speech or language problem, you can:
- Complete our Communication Checkup online screening tool
- Call Ottawa Public Health at 613-PARENTS
- Review the communication milestones
- Fill out the Looksee Checklist by ndds (Free for Ontario residents)
If you still have concerns:
- Refer directly to First Words Intake at CHEO 613-737-7600 ext. 2500
Will a child grow out of a speech or language problem?
Some children do grow out of speech or language problems; however it is best not to wait and see. The sooner a problem is discovered, the sooner we can begin to do something to help!
Is it common for younger children/siblings not to talk?
Birth order does not impact language development. Younger children may use gestures or noises, instead of words, to make themselves understood. Sometimes older children may speak for their younger siblings. Help the child by giving them plenty of opportunities and time to express their needs and wants. Remember: take time to talk, sing, read and play with children.