Speech and language therapy (SALT) is concerned with managing disorders of speech, language, swallowing and communication of both adults and children.
The speech and language therapist is trained to assess and treat children and adults with speech, language and communication problems. They can also assess and help people with problems eating or swallowing. They will perform certain tests to assess production of sounds and ways of communication. Then a diagnosis will be made and a treatment programme developed that the therapist will encourage family members and carers to work on with the client to gain faster results.
If a child seems to be having difficulties in speech it may not actually be a speech disorder but just a speech delay. It is not definitive when help should be sought but if your child between the age of 1 and 2 has difficulty with the following it may be worth considering have an assessment by a trained Speech and Language Therapist.