Speech and language disorder describes abnormal language development. Delayed speech or language development is the most common developmental problem. It affects five to ten percent of preschool kids.
Children who have spent their early years in orphanages or foster care often have delays in speech or present with a more limited language ability than their same-age peers who have grown up in families. These delays can be traced to a lack of interaction with adults, and sometimes hearing issues associated with multiple ear infections.
Speech delay in children who have experienced trauma or early deprivation is extremely common and can be reversed with therapy and interaction.
Identifying the reason behind a child's speech delay is important.
An evaluation by a Speech and Language Pathologist of your child after adoption is essential.