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SLP Services for Language Development 

  SLPs can help with...​

  • Vocabulary

  • Grammar 

  • Tense and pronouns

  • Sentence structure

  • Requesting/Commenting

  • Asking & Answering Questions

  • Follo​wing Directions

  • Story Telling

  • Play Language

  • Social Skills

  • ​Conversation Skills

  • Verbal Memory

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Auditory Processing

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Language Delay is the term used when language development trajectories are below age expectations.

Contact Andrea Lau at Speech Vancouver if you have any concerns regarding your child's language development.  Andrea can provide assessment and therapy services in the comfort of your home, school or daycare in Vancouver and surrounding regions including: Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver, Surrey. 


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Andrea's Ad​ditional Training and Qualifications for Language Intervention:

Trained in the Hanen parent training program "It Takes Two to Talk"

Extensive experience in shaping language development and practice within play-based activities and daily routines for each child and household

“Late talkers” may present with expressive language (production) delays and/or receptive language (comprehension) delays. Children with expressive delays demonstrate slow development of vocabulary, sentence structure, and articulation. Those with receptive language delays exhibit difficulty with following directions, and with understanding age-appropriate vocabulary. In making the determination of language delay in toddlers to school-aged children, it is also important to consider other language development factors, including rate of vocabulary growth, speech sound development, emerging grammar, language comprehension, social language skills, use of gestures, and symbolic play behaviors. 

Late talkers may be at risk for developing language and/or literacy difficulties as they age. Additionally, language difficulties are much less likely to resolve with the passage of time once a child is of school age. Scientific evidence shows that children who receive proper treatment from a Speech-Language Pathologist fair better than those who do not. 

Language Delay may also be an early or secondary sign of disorders, such as specific language impairment, social communication disorder, autism spectrum disorder, learning disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disability, or other developmental disorders. In order to make a differential diagnosis, it is critical to consult your paediatrician and Registered Speech-Language Pathologist to help monitor the global development of a child in domains that include, but are not limited to, cognitive, communication, sensory, and motor skills.

What does Language Intervention look like? 

As the method of language intervention may be very diverse for each client, Andrea will tailor the assessment and provide client-centered treatment, including:

  • Educating family members about the importance of early communication development and intervention and the family's role in their child's communication development (See Areas of Expertise for Andrea’s training in the Hanen’ Parent Training program);

  • Counseling families of late talkers regarding communication-related issues and providing education aimed at preventing further language delay;

  • Conducting a comprehensive, culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment of language and communication;

  • Diagnosing the presence of a language disorder;

  • Referring to other professionals to rule out other conditions, determine etiology, and facilitate access to comprehensive services;

  • Developing treatment plans, providing direct and indirect treatment, documenting progress, and determining appropriate dismissal criteria;

  • Consulting and collaborating with other professionals, family members, and caregivers to facilitate program development and to provide supervision and evaluation, as appropriate.

When should I contact a Speech Therapist? 

Contacting a speech therapist is advised when any of the following difficulties are noted:

  • Fewer than 20 words by 18 months of age

  • Fewer than 50 words, and no two-word combinations by 24 months of age (Paul, 1991; Rescorla, 1989)

  • Use of shorter and less grammatically complex utterances

  • Comprehension of fewer words

Contact Andrea Lau at Speech Vancouver if you have any concerns regarding your child's language development. 


For more information on how Speech Vancouver can help, please phone 604 723 9589 or email:

How a Persisting Language Delay can Impact a Child over time 

Children with a persistent language difficulty that is left untreated are at risk for the following difficulties, which can impact them in school, post-secondary education, relationships and in the work place.

Receptive Language:
Difficulty following directions and working independently
Difficulty understanding lessons and school curriculum
Difficulty with listening comprehension and problem solving

Expressive Language: 
Short answers to questions
Difficulty expressing their ideas
Difficulty elaborating on a topic
Difficulty with conversations skills
Difficulty with story telling and retelling
Difficulty with oral participation in class & answering questions

Social Skills: 
Difficulty with turn taking and interactive play
Difficulty with interactive pretend play
Difficulty with having a conversation
Lack of social confidence which can continue into adulthood
Behavioural challenges associated with poor communication

Academic Skills: 
Difficulty with learning to read and sounding out words
Difficulty with reading comprehension
Difficulty with written language
Difficulty spelling
Difficulty with problem solving
Difficulty with understanding math language and math problems.

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