How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?

If your child’s disability is present at an early age, your health care team may recommend speech therapy as part of your child’s early intervention plan. There are also language developmental milestones that you can monitor to make sure your child is on track and talk to your doctor if you suspect any problems. Certain articulation errors such as substituting “w” for “r” may be developmentally appropriate for children under age 5. However, if these errors persist after age 7, intervention may be warranted.