In general, a child is considered late talking when they have not yet begun using meaningful words at eighteen months of age (1 ½ years). If your child is late talking, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have autism. Some children talk late because of hearing loss, cognitive impairment, speech disorder, language disorder, autism, or other considerations. Still, for many it is simply a developmental stage with no long-term adverse effects. It is very important that an objective evaluation be completed by a skilled, unbiased clinician who examines a child for any of these possibilities, including a nonclinical developmental stage. Although all children with autism talk late, not all late talking children have autism. Regardless whether the late talking is a stage or a symptom of a condition requiring treatment, all children can learn. It is important to have an accurate diagnosis, and if needed, appropriate treatment.
To read more about the importance of this consideration please see the article “What does it mean when a child is late talking?”. The links below provide samples of the members web-based support components availble on this site. Full descriptions of each these components are found at About The Foundation.
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Samples of Web-based Member Resources
Late Talkers Library:
Much Too Early (General editorial on developmental appropriateness in primary education. There are a range of articles to include chapters and journal articles which are added to regularly))
More Than Words (An exercise for parents that focuses on actions and communication)
Understanding What We Hear ( This video tutorial presents three parts of spoken language that we must be able to understand in order to be effective listeners. Other tutorials include: Evironmental Arrangement, Recasting Your Child’s Initiations, Identifying Your Child’s Verbal and Nonverbal Initiations,….and more.
Getting Services: ( This is a -podcast- of the live video webcast events aired to members of this site. The webcasts provide live Q & A opportunities within each webcast.)