Q: When should I be concerned about my child's speech development?

A: If you notice something different about your child, always consult your paediatrician. Trust your instinct as you are the closest to your child. Communication problems for children can be detected at an early age. This may include: not responding to sound or name, not responding to your pointing to pay attention to interesting objects, not showing interest when you play or interact with him/her. Other general guidelines include:

  • First Words by 12-15 months
  • Frequent Two-Word Combinations Heard by 21-24 months
  • Frequent Three-Word Combinations Heard by 36 months
  • Intelligible speech most of the time by age 4 years
  • Grammatically complete sentences most of the time by kindergarten age

Q: How can the SLT help my child in terms of feeding?

A: Some children eat so easily and some just don’t. Children with feeding issues come with many different reasons. These may be sensory-motor, oral motor, behavioral, or psychological. Our experienced SLT, in collaboration with other professionals if necessary, will help you work through to the areas that affect your child’s feeding.

Q: I am told by my child’s teacher that he has problems expressing himself. How do I go about making an appointment with the SLT and what is the process?

A: You can contact us via email or phone to fix an appointment. You will then receive a questionnaire to fill in about your child. The initial evaluation usually takes about an hour, although certain detailed assessments require a longer time. After which, we will advise and discuss about the plans, including the type and frequency of therapy that will most benefit your child.

Q: How long will my child need therapy?

A: The length of therapy depends on the severity of the problem and the rate of progress made in the therapy sessions. Other factors such as reinforcements and supports at home and in school, plays a part in the child's progress. 

Q: What is the average therapy frequency and duration?

A: Average therapy frequency is 1 time per week for a duration of 1 hour.  Depending on the type of condition and severity, some of our children receive therapy twice a week. 

Q: Can I observe the therapy sessions?

A: At TLC, we encourage parents to sit in and observe therapy sessions. This is because we believe it is important to empower parents so you can carry over the skills your child learnt in the session. However, there are some children who will get distracted by parents in the room. If it affects their learning, we may suggest parents to sit out. For those children, we will include the parents for the last 5-10 minutes of the session to provide feedback.