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Why is Early Intervention Important?

Our national professional association, the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), has the following to say about beginning treatment with a child as soon as possible:

“If a speech or language problem goes unnoticed the child may face life-long difficulties. Even children under the age of two can be helped with speech and language development…Early detection is vital.”

(Reference: http://www.speechandhearing.ca/files/preschool_speech_and_language.pdf)

 

“The early identification of speech and language problems is integral to prevention of associated problems in communication, literacy and cognition and is fundamental for lifelong well-being… Early intervention includes and depends on the earliest possible effective identification of speech and language disorders. Results of four decades of applied research in neurosciences, speech-language pathology and early childhood special education show that strategic early intervention programs improve lifetime outcomes for vulnerable and at-risk children and generate a range of benefits to society (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2001).”

(Reference: http://www.caslpa.ca/english/members/private/EarlyID-PositionPaper.pdf)

 

So, why is early intervention important? Because the earlier communication problems are identified and addressed, the better your child stands to do in the long run.