Pediatric Rehabilitation

Language Delay or Disorder

Contact Information

(608) 263-8410

UW Health's pediatric rehabilitation specialists in Madison, Wisconsin, provide a multidisciplinary approach to your child's rehabilitation.

A child with a language delay exhibits difficulty understanding and/or using his/her language. Difficulty may be observed with direction following:

  • Concept and vocabulary development
  • Word retrieval
  • Sentence length
  • Grammatical usage
  • Narratives
  • Phonological awareness
  • Pragmatics

Typically, by 2 years of age, children should have a vocabulary of at least 50 words and be combining words into phrases. By 3-4 years of age, children should be able to relate experiences and understand complex directions.

We provide an initial evaluation that identifies the strengths and weaknesses of a child’s language skills. If treatment is recommended, a family-centered program is developed that addresses areas of concern.

With preschoolers who are limited in their word usage, a language stimulation program is utilized. Depending on the severity of the child’s language delay, treatment may last 6-12 months.