Speech & Language
A child should be able to do most of the activities listed on the speech and language pages of the Prescreening Booklet. If he/she cannot perform them, a referral will probably be made for further assessment in speech and language.
A child's speech and language should always be tested in his/her first language. If there are concerns about a child's ability to either pronounce words or use language, FAIR START can refer a parent for a speech and language assessment.
Tips to Help Your Child Develop Speech and Language:
- Allow your child to tell you stories using books and pictures
- If your child is having trouble saying a particular sound in words, emphasize that sound as you say it. (e.g. "Find your sssock.")
- Expand your child's sentences to make more complex sentences (e.g., your child says "Me go to doctor", you could say, "You went to the doctor yesterday").