Zero to Three
Speech and language concerns with children ages zero to three are addressed through Huron Valley 's Early Intervention Program. If you have concerns about your child's speech and language development, the first step is evaluation. Please contact Nikki Schneider, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech and Language Pathologist at 248-676-8349 to request a speech-language evaluation. Children who are found to have speech and language delays that qualify them for special education may participate in Early Intervention parent and tot language-based classroom groups.
What can parents do to help at this age?
- Have your child's hearing evaluated or request a hearing evaluation when you speak to Mrs. Schneider.
- Request a loan copy of It Takes Two to Talk from Mrs. Schneider. It is an excellent book that provides valuable information for parents learning to encourage speech-language development.
- Strictly limit the amount of time your child spends watching television, videos, and playing on the computer.
- For children 9 months and older, try to limit pacifier use to nap and bedtime.
- Read to your child every day.
- Make sure your child spends lots of time playing with toys.
- Schedule play dates with other children who provide good language models.
- Reinforce your child's attempts to communicate.
- Teach your child sign language to give them a way to communicate until the words come.