Visit a pediatric ENT for your child’s speech delays

01/15/2020

Children learn a lot in a short period of time. Even within the first few years of their lives, so many changes happen. However, when parents are concerned about their child’s speech development and delays, it may be time for an assessment with a pediatric ENT. At Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat in New Jersey, parents have access to professionals who can evaluate their child and provide them with a solution for their child’s needs.

When should I have my child evaluated for speech delays and language development concerns?

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There are many different factors for parents to look for in their child to determine if a delay or development issue is present. Typically, if a child is over the age of two and exhibits any of the following concerns, it may be time for an evaluation:

• Cannot communicate needs with language
• Will only repeat certain words
• Repeats certain sounds
• Cannot follow simple instructions
• Is difficult to understand
• Has a nasal or raspy voice
• Doesn’t say words and phrases

What causes speech and language problems in young children?

There are several factors at play when it comes to one’s language and speech development that need to be eliminated during an evaluation to get to the proper source of the problem. Speech and language problems may be a sign or effect of:

• A learning disability
• Neurological problems
• Hearing loss
• Traumatic brain injury
• Environmental deprivation (neglect/abuse)
• Premature birth
• Autism spectrum
• Selective mutism
• Auditory processing disorder
• Structural problems (mouth or lips)
• Apraxia of speech

A diagnosis and reason for a child’s speech and language problems may be found with a thorough examination provided by the team at Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat.

Coastal Ear, Nose and Throat offers a pediatric ENT professional for your child’s speech development

If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development, it may be smart to have an evaluation done with a pediatric ENT to evaluate the child and find the source of the problem. Parents in the areas of Neptune, Manahawkin, and Holmdel, NJ who are ready to learn more are welcome to call the office at (732)  280-7855 to schedule an appointment at any one of our three locations.