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Frequently Asked Questions

Many parents have questions about how well their child is learning to speak.
Here are the answers to some common questions that parents ask:


Can a parent tell whether a child's speech is developing well?
Yes. You know your child best. You talk and listen to your child more than anyone else. If you think that your child has any kind of speech or language problem, contact a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Do babies understand when we talk to them?
Sometimes younger children find that they can make themselves understood by making gestures and noises instead of words. Or, older children may speak for the younger ones. Parents should make sure that younger children are encouraged to talk just as much as the older ones.

Does a speech problem mean my child is not smart?
No. Any child can have a speech or language problem. It does not mean that the child is less intelligent.

Will my child grow out of a speech or language problem?
Some children do grow out of speech or language problems. It is best not to wait and see. The sooner a problem is discovered, the sooner we can begin to do something to help.

Should I wait until my child starts school?
No. If you think your child may have a problem, call right away. It is better to treat a speech or language problem early. Your child will have more time to develop the skills needed at school.

How can I make a referral for my child?
You can call us at 519-252-0636 or click on the Referral Form link to complete an online referral form.

Will our child have a speech or language problem if we speak more one than language at home?
No. Children in a bilingual home may start talking a little later, but follow the same general development.

Should I worry if my child stutters?
Children often repeat words or phrases when they learn to talk. This is normal for most children between 2 and 5 years old. Your child may do this for a few days or more. Any child who is repeating words or phrases frequently should be seen by a Speech-Language Pathologist.

Should I worry if my child stutters?
Children often repeat words or phrases when they learn to talk. This is normal for most children between 2 and 5 years old. Your child may do this for a few days or more. Any child who is repeating words or phrases frequently should be seen by a Speech-Language Pathologist.

What happens when I contact Talk 2 Me?
You will be asked for your contact information and some general questions about your child's speech and language. Within 4 to 6 weeks, you will be contacted by our program assistant to gather more information and to schedule an appointment with a Speech-Language Pathologist.

What happens at the time of the assessment?
You and your child will meet with the Speech Language Pathologist. You will be asked some questions pertaining to your child’s communication development. Your child will be observed while playing with toys, be asked some questions, name some pictures/objects and interact in a very natural, fun way with the Speech Pathologist. Some standardized testing may take place. You will get the results at the time of the assessment. Recommended services will be discussed with you.

When should I be concerned about how well my child is talking?
It is never too soon to see a Speech-Language Pathologist. A parent will know their child best. If you have any concerns as to how your child’s communication is developing call Talk 2 Me.

Is there a fee for service?
No. The program is funded through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Is there a waiting list?
There is a waiting list for assessments and some types of intervention. If you are concerned, please call the contact number.

Talk 2 Me
Essex Preschool Speech & Language Services
c/o Connections Early Years Family Centre
795 Giles Boulevard East
Windsor, Ontario
N9A 4E5

Tel: 519-252-0636
Fax: 519-252-7917
email: info@smflc.ca