Communication disorders are among the most common disabilities in the United States. A child’s overall future and success can be improved greatly through the early identification of communication disorders, establishment of their causes, and subsequent intervention.
Children with a history of language difficulties are at risk for poorer outcomes in a variety of areas:
• expressing their wants and needs
• academic achievement and educational attainment
• social-emotional relations (e.g., like making or keeping friends)
• occupational status
Early intervention is meant to ensure that our intervention will offset challenges that these children and their families may face. If we can build a solid foundation early on, we will achieve better outcomes in their futures.
References: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2010). Incidence and prevalence of communication disorders and hearing loss in children-2008 edition. http://www.asha.org/research/reports/children.htm