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.”
“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).”
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.