Normal speech and language are essential to the proper development of infants, children, and adolescents. As pediatric professionals, the speech therapists at MJ Kidz are highly experienced with the unique needs of patients from birth through 21 years of age.
Our speech therapists are familiar with the developmental milestones that are normally attained at each stage in a child’s life. They provide age-appropriate activities to improve speech, communication, social skills and feeding skills, and are adept at encouraging and motivating every patient to reach their goals.
Speech Therapy is available for children with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to:
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- AD/HD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Developmental apraxia of speech
- Language-based learning disabilities
- Brain injury
- Orofacial myofunctional disorders (tongue thrust)
- Feeding problems
- Swallowing problems
Speech Therapy is provided for patients with:
- Augmentative and alternative communication devices
We work with every age group to evaluate and address specific challenges relating to speech, language, and oral motor abilities.
Is your child a picky eater? We’ll help you identify the underlying issue while taking corrective steps through our proven therapy program.
Social Language Groups
Further your child’s progress in a group setting with interactive learning and socialization among peers.
Learn How To Identify If Your Child Needs Speech Therapy
Look for these milestones in the development of your child’s speech and language as you determine whether your child would benefit from a speech therapy evaluation.
How Your Child’s Speech and Language Develops
Look for these milestones in the development of your child’s speech and language:
18 months milestones
- Your baby can say ‘no’ correctly
- Use about ten words vocabulary
- Identifies things like rabbit, car, dog, cat, or doll
- Answers the what-is-this question
- Follows simple instructions (i.e, put in or take off shoe and etc)
- Can do two things you ask for (i.e, go to your room and get socks)
- Understands yesterday and a week ago
- Pronounce consonants sound
- Makes conversation
- Uses some grammar
- Says words with consonant endings clearly
- Have lots of questions (Yep!, Lots of questions are coming.)
- Can understand why and when
- Can converse and make their thought known to you
- Can tell you how to use something
- Is learning reading
- Talks about the past and the concept of tomorrow (i.e, they will request to go to the park tomorrow)
- Uses consonants in speech
- Identifies parts of her body when asked
- Strings two words together (i.e, ball gone or doggie come)
- Can identify pictures in books
- Vocabulary of 30 - 50 words
- Sings simple nursery songs (i.e, twinkle twinkle little star)
- Use sentences frequently
- Tells a short story (i.e, from a book they read)
- Can use more advanced grammar
- Can pretend-play with other kids using words
- Can answer questions: 'how' and 'who' and 'how many' etc.
- Making friends with other kids become easier
If you are seeing your child fall behind on these milestones or if he/she has difficulty or is frustrated at being unable to explain what he wants, it is always recommended to seek a Speech and Language Pathologist immediately. Very often a parent’s instincts are correct so if you feel your child may need speech therapy, please call us and schedule a comprehensive speech evaluation.
If you would like to discuss the needs
of your child or to schedule an assessment,
please contact us.