Understanding language delay

Speech and language delay can cause issues in communication, oral function and socialisation. The cause of language delay can be a result of hearing loss, physical impairments, brain injury or intellectual impairment. However, sometimes the cause is unknown. A person's communication is considered delayed when they are noticeably behind in the acquisition of speech and language skills as a child, compared to that of his or her peers. 

Facts about language delay 

  • One in every 14 children in Australia is affected by a language disorder or delayed language skills 
  • There are four stages of communication in a child’s development: inner language, receptive language, interactive language, and expressive language.

What are the symptoms of language delay?

Language delay may impact the following areas: 

  • Social and emotional development
  • Motor and physical development
  • Language and communication development
  • Cognitive development.

How can CPL help?

No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:  

For more information about how we can support you with language delay, visit our services page, call us on 1800 275 753 or send an online enquiry