There is a difference between a speech delay (which means the physical act of producing words) and a language delay (which means understanding language and non-verbal communication). Some toddlers do not hit the expected milestones in speech development.
This can mean nothing, and the toddler may just be going at their own pace. A speech delay may point towards a specific problem – physiological, neurological, intellectual, lack of stimulation, autism, or in some cases ADHD.
ADHD toddlers tend to be at risk of articulation disorders. In some toddlers, a speech delay may indicate that the toddler needs to be assessed for ADHD. Speech and language therapists can help ADHD toddlers develop their verbal skills.
Read in this guide:
- ADHD and Speech Delay in 3-year-old
- Speech Therapy Activities for ADHD
- Do toddlers with ADHD have speech delays?
- Can ADHD affect speech development?
- What causes a delay in speech in toddlers?