Developmental language disorder (DLD) is one of the most common disorders affecting children but is relatively unknown.
Affecting more than seven per cent of children, DLD is 20 times more common than autism.
Babies are born communicating. Their cries and coos speak volumes. However, much-anticipated first words do not appear until 12 months later. By 18 months, the average child says about 50 words. By the time a child is ready to start school, their vocabulary will be an estimated 2,300 to 4,700 words.
The official statement acknowledges that the principles of evidence-based practice inform effective, high-quality speech-language pathology services in schools for students with speech, language and literacy challenges.
This data provides a snapshot of the experiences of parents who reported having children aged 0 to 14 years with cognitive, behavioural, or emotional disabilities during the early response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Language development at 5-8 years sees children learning more and longer words. They can make more complex sentences and are better at pronouncing words too.
While children have been resilient in terms of COVID-19, experts warn of mental, physical, and developmental problems that could arise from delays and isolation caused by COVID-19.
Speech-language pathologists can provide parents with useful tools in five strategy categories. These tools can then be incorporated into everyday routines.
A group that works with students with special needs is concerned that changes to the government's funding formula could impact the quality of the supports they provide.
The Calgary Board of Education has issued layoff notices to speech language pathologists and speech language assistants. Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports on concerns being raised by therapists and education advocates.