Addressing concerns about speech and language development in toddlers and preschoolers

Addressing concerns about speech and language development in toddlers and preschoolers

About one child in every 10 needs help developing speech and language skills.

Children begin communicating as soon as they’re born. Communication skills are critical to a child’s emotional, social and academic success, it’s therefore important to spot potential problems early and to address them right away.

To make sure your young child’s speech and language skills are developing at the right pace, have a look at the language milestones set out in these brochures for infants and toddlers and for preschoolers.

If you’re concerned about how your baby, toddler or preschooler is developing his or her speech or language skills, don’t wait. Get in touch with Wordplay’s Preschool Speech and Language Program by calling (705) 522-6655. There is no cost for this program and you don't need to get a referral from your doctor.

If your child has communication challenges, check out the Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders. They provide a range of supports, and have published a series of parent fact sheets on a wide range of topics. Most of their services are only available in English.

For ideas on improving your child’s language skills, link up to a one of the Best Start Hubs located throughout our community. Hubs offer free language and literacy programs for young children and their families.

Check out the Family Story Time program offered by the Greater Sudbury Public Library. While you’re there, get a library card for you and your child. They’re free.

Search our Best Start community calendar for free language and literacy programs coming up in your neighbourhood library or Best Start Hub.



This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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