Language Delay or Disorder
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
- Phonological awareness
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.