Learning to speak and use language is a crucial part of a child’s development and the most critical period of speech and language development happens in the first 3 years of life. Hearing is essential for learning to talk and understanding oral language. Speech and language development is essential for learning to read and write (literacy). Some children may have difficulties learning literacy due to hearing problems caused by chronic ear infections or an undetected permanent hearing loss. The earlier hearing loss is detected, the sooner a child may be helped and have the opportunity to develop speech, language and literacy skills, age appropriately. This gives children the freedom to reach their full learning potential.
Literacy difficulties have a significant impact on a person’s life. Children with literacy difficulties may have problems with academic performance, peer relationships and self-esteem. Children unable to read or write at adequate levels are at risk for limited employment opportunities or unemployment. Research has shown that getting help for literacy problems early can prevent those problems becoming more severe. Some children may show signs of potential difficulties before they reach school age. Addressing these issues before your child starts school may reduce or eliminate these problems. These signs include, delayed hearing loss identification, delayed speech and language development or a family history of literacy learning difficulties.
If you would like further information on hearing, speech and language development or are concerned with your child’s hearing, speech-language or literacy development, please contact our friendly local staff directly on (07) 4952 4649 or email us at [email protected] to make an appointment for a comprehensive diagnostic hearing test.