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Early action a must for speech

WORLD OF WORDS: Speech pathologists Melinda Brilliant and Cassandra Kelly run an evening session of Target Word. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Wimmera Health Care Group speech pathology department has urged parents to take action instead of ‘waiting and seeing’ when it comes to their child’s speech development.
Senior speech pathologist Melinda Brilliant said when young children were late to talk, parents were often told by family and friends not worry and ‘wait and see’.
“Recent research suggests that up to 15 to 20 percent of two year olds are delayed with their language development and up to 60 percent of them might not outgrow their delay, continuing to experience difficulties into later childhood and even adulthood,” Mrs Brilliant said.
“Ongoing difficulties with language are associated with difficulties learning to read and write as well as general academic and social difficulties.”
Mrs Brilliant said ‘late talkers’ aged 18 to 30 months were a high priority for the department.

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