Our wait and see approach to the speech and language development of young children in New Zealand is nothing short of alarming! What we are seeing is the average age of referral to see a Speech Therapist becoming later and later. Instead of a child being referred for an assessment at age three or four years when their difficulties have become apparent, they are coming to us at age five and six years sometimes even later! If a childs speech and language skills are delayed at age six, then they were most definitely delayed at age five and four and three! The concerning thing is that the parent has decided, or even worse been advised, to wait and see!
Posted: Monday 25 March 2019