Part I What You Should Know and How to Get Help.
1 Speech, Language, and Listening: How They Develop.
What Is Speech?
What Is Language?
What Is Listening?
How Do Children Learn to Communicate?
Speech, Language, and Listening Milestones.
2 Does Your Child Need Help? The Warning Signs.
When to Get Help.
Warning Signs to Look For.
3 Having Your Child Evaluated.
Whom to See.
Where to Go.
The Evaluation (aka The Assessment).
Special Considerations: Testing Infants and Preschoolers.
4 After the Evaluation: Understanding Report Jargon and the IEP.
The Numbers Used to Measure Performance.
After the Evaluation: Using Public School Services in the United States.
Options for Speech and Language Therapy.
Part II Speech, Language, and Listening Problems.
5 Understanding Speech Problems.
Common Pronunciation Problems.
Common Voice Problems.
6 Understanding Language Problems.
Your Baby's First Words.
Toddlers and Preschoolers with Delayed Speech or Language.
When Learning New Words Comes Slowly: Vocabulary Problems.
The "Him Not Talkin’ Right" Child: Morphological and Syntax Problems.
The "Whatchamacallit, Um, Thing Over There" Child: A Word Retrieval Problem.
The "I Don’t Know How to Explain It" Child: Sequencing, Referential, and Divergent Language Problems.
Social Language and Playing: When Something's Just Not Right.
7 Understanding Listening (Auditory) Problems.
The "What? Did You Say Something?" Child: A Central Auditory Processing Problem.
The "I Forgot What You Said" Child: An Auditory Memory Problem.
The "I Don’t Understand What I’m Supposed to Do" Child: A Language Processing Problem (AKA Receptive Language Delay).
8 Causes and Associated Conditions.
Common Causes of Speech, Language, and Listening Problems.
Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Impairment, and Other Special Conditions.
9 Answers to Your Questions.
Appendix A Resources.
Appendix B Suggested Reading.