Speech and Language Impairment

  • The social world of a child with language impairment is difficult.  Children with language impairment are generally withdrawn and lonely, particularly in school, and are often poorly accepted by their peers.  Many have difficulty establishing and maintaining good peer relationships.  
  • Sometimes it is hard to know if your child's speech is developing properly.  If you think something is not quite right, it is time to check it out.  A speech therapist can assess and begin working with your child to correct communication problems before age 2.  It is helpful to have the full family involved in this process. 

    Remember, the better your child can communicate, the more prepared he/she will be to learn in school.  (Kerri Baldwin, MS, CCC-SLP speech language pathologist, RiteCare, Spokane, http://www.ritecarespokane.org/

  • About 7% of Kindergartners have specific language impairment which delays their ability to talk as early as most children, making interaction with their peers difficult.  Early intervention is the key to succeeding in school; and without it, many children fail. 
  • Intervention is necessary to assist with their academic progress and to facilitate their interactions with their peers.  These two goals can be met simultaneously with the combined work of speech language pathologists, teachers, special educators, psychologists and parents, teaming together to design and carry out an educational plan. 

  • More than 10% of the population between birth and 21 are diagnosed with communication delay.  (American Speech Language Hearing Association) 
What You Can Do
  • Do not make assumptions without a professional diagnosis.

  • Give your child voice.  If you think something is not quite right, see a speech therapist to assess any communication problems. 
Local Organizations
Additional Resources

University Hearing and Speech Clinic
310 N Riverpoint Blvd.
Spokane, WA
509-828-1323
srodgers@ewu.edu
http://www.ewu.edu/cshe/programs/communication-disorders/clinic