Reasons for Language Delays

As parents wait expectantly for their child to speak his or her first words, they may not realize something is making it difficult for their little one to understand sounds and what words mean. Their child may not be able to find the correct words to express him or herself. It may be hard for them to link sounds together in the correct sequence to be understood, or to describe what's happening around them.

Some reasons a child may not be developing language properly include:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Cognitive delays
  • Environmental deprivation
  • Motor disorders such as apraxia or cerebral palsy
  • Medically based disease or syndrome
  • Emotional trauma
  • Autism