Speech Therapy is a science that helps develop and enhance skills in each age group depending on the difficulties that arise. A child can join a treatment program even from birth if the difficulties that occur require immediate intervention e.g. eating disorders, prematurity etc. or from the first years of his birth e.g. diagnosis of genetic syndrome, hearing loss, mental retardation, etc.
It is important for the child to develop first and foremost skills that will in turn help him to develop his speech. Non-verbal communication, eye contact, babbling, imitation, pointing, comprehension, execution of simple commands, etc. is within this range of skills. In terms of the sheer purity of a child’s speech and language, and since there are no other factors in the child’s development that will concern the pediatrician, educator or parent, a reasonable time to start a treatment program is the age of 3, 5 – 4 years old. Even in this, an important factor is the beginning of the speech, ie “when did the child start talking?”. In general, parents should think that it would be good for children of normal development to have the appropriate clarity in their speech and speech before attending primary school, where then the learning of writing and reading begins.
In any case, as soon as a parent realizes a difficulty of the child or is informed about something similar by his doctor / teacher, it is recommended to contact or visit a speech therapist in order to evaluate the child. After the evaluation, the therapist informs the parents if it is deemed necessary and to what extent it is necessary to start a treatment program.