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A language and/or speech delay in toddlers is a type of communication disorder. Your child may have a language delay if they don’t meet the language developmental milestones for their age.
Their language abilities may be developing at a slower rate than most children’s. They may have trouble expressing themselves or understanding others. Their delay may involve a combination of hearing, speech, and cognitive impairments.
Speech delays in toddlers are quite common. According to the University of Michigan Health System, delayed speech or language development affects 5 to 10 percent of preschool-aged children. Certain states also have a higher incidence of speech delay for reasons that are currently being studied.
If your child is diagnosed with an expressive delay (what they are verbally producing or writing), receptive delay (what they are understanding) or a combination of both, they will not reach the typical speech milestones like their peers. The specific symptoms and severity of the delay will depend on the age of the child and the skills that are depressed.
Children with a language or speech delay may exhibit the following symptoms, but it’s important to remember they may show SOME signs, not all:
Language delays in children have many different causes. In some cases, there may be several different reasons why a child has a delay. These reasons may include:
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There are several risk factors that can lead to a child being diagnosed with a speech or language delay. According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, potential risk factors for speech and language problems include:
So going back to the question from above – yes – it is common to have more than one child with a speech delay. This is even more common if the father has had a communication disorder.
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