This week is National Speech Pathology Week! (Aug 19-25)
We often see children who have been referred to us by their speech pathologists because of concerns for their language and/or speech. Sometimes it's because of pronunciation difficulties, other times it is from delays in their language skills. Speech and language development is heavily reliant on a child's ability to hear what is being said around them (1) and early intervention is key to improving language outcomes in children with hearing problems (2).
If you have any concerns with your child's hearing, feel free to contact the clinic to arrange a comprehensive assessment by one of our audiologists.
For more information about hearing loss in children, click here and for information about Speech Pathology Week 2018, click here.
1. Tomblin, J. B., Oleson, J. J., Ambrose, S. E., Walker, E., & Moeller, M. P. (2014). The influence of hearing aids on the speech and language development of children with hearing loss. JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, 140(5), 403-409.
2. Ching, T. Y. (2015). Is early intervention effective in improving spoken language outcomes of children with congenital hearing loss?. American journal of audiology, 24(3), 345-348.