A video capturing the vital need for early intervention services for children between 0 and 5 years of age.

We are often asked, when is the best age to start with speech therapy? Put simply, earliest is always best. Speech pathologists can complete assessments and treat children from 16 months to 18 years of age. However, there is a very strong evidence base to support early intervention. If we can support children from birth until they are 4 or 5, we can act proactively reduce the long-term impacts of a communication disorder and give our kids the best chance to be ready for school. There really shouldn’t be a, “just wait and see”. In many ways, this old saying can do harm. Taking action today can ensure that your child is given the best opportunity to reach their full potential.

Lauren Crumlish

Lauren Crumlish

Our blog series has been consciously created to answer the questions that we commonly receive from parents, teachers, and doctors. We also hope to bring awareness to the range and extent of communication challenges that children and teenagers may face in their home, school, and social environments. We hope that our blog series may also highlight the role and importance of paediatric speech pathology.