The signs and symptoms of Speech and Language Disorder (SLD) in children can vary depending on the type and severity of the disorder. Here are some common signs to look out for:
Difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently, such as stuttering or stumbling over words.
Limited vocabulary and difficulty using words appropriately in sentences.
Difficulty understanding and following instructions, especially complex ones.
Difficulty with social communication, such as making eye contact or understanding social cues.
Difficulty with reading, writing, and spelling.
Delayed or limited development of speech and language skills compared to peers.
Frustration with communication and difficulty expressing wants and needs.
It's important to note that some children may have temporary delays in speech and language development, especially during early childhood. However, if these delays persist or are causing significant difficulties for the child, it may be a sign of SLD and further evaluation by a speech-language pathologist may be necessary.