Specific language impairment – SLI is defined as delayed language development in children that cannot be attributed to medical reasons such as developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, hearing loss, physical abnormalities or brain injury. A Sydney speech pathologist will assist in diagnosing SLI so that a treatment plan can be initiated as soon as possible for the best results.
This type of language impairment is diagnosed entirely by behavioural factors. Since there are no biological diagnostic tests for specific language impairment, series of observational tests and exclusionary tests—tests that eliminate underlying medical causes—must be performed.
A Sydney speech pathologist will perform a standardized language test to look at all aspects of language. In addition, the pathologist will evaluate how well a child comprehends and produces words. If a child scores low on these tests, specific language impairment is often determined as the cause as long as no underlying medical disorders can explain the language impairment.
About treatment for specific language impairment
If your child is experiencing language difficulties that are interfering with their progress at school or with their daily life, it is important to seek professional guidance. Language impairment disorders can be reversed with the proper help. Efforts by a speech pathologist in addition to home support will encourage your child to make continual progress.
You can provide a great amount of assistance in the treatment plan by engaging with your child in a variety of activities including reading, writing, and helping them to express themselves. Whenever your child is speaking, it is important that you do not rush or interrupt them. Patience is key and will help your child to gain the confidence in improving the accuracy of their speech. As your child learns to express themselves and to comprehend others during conversation, positive speech habits will become a habit that will serve them for a lifetime.
If you have questions about specific language impairment contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.