Frequently Asked Questions Series – November 2013
Q: When should I be concerned about my child’s speech and language development?
Most children develop their understanding and speech by stages following typical developmental milestones. If your child has not developed the following skills by certain age your child may be having speech problems. You may want to consult a speech-language pathologist/therapist. Speech Beacon offers speech therapy assessment by certified speech therapist. Our speech therapist is a member of the Malaysian Association of Speech Language and Hearing (MASH)
Below is the guideline by the American Speech and Hearing Association
- By age one: Recognizes words for common items like “cup”, “shoe”, “book”, or “milk”. Produces one or two words (hi, dog, papa, mama) around first birthday.
- By age two: Follows simple commands and understands simple questions. Points to pictures in a book when named. Puts two words together (“want milk” “no juice,” “mommy book”).
- By age three: Listens to and enjoys hearing stories for longer periods of time. Uses two- or three- words to talk about and ask for things.
- By age four: Answers simple “who?”, “what?”, “where?”, and “why?” questions. Uses a lot of sentences that have 4 or more words. Speech is clear and can be understood by non-family member. Usually talks easily without repeating syllables or words.
- By age five: Pays attention to a short story and answers simple questions about them. Says most sounds correctly except a few like l, s, r, v, z, ch, sh, th.
Autism Rehabilitation Workshop
Recent Progress on Autism Therapy using Robotics Technology
The focus on autism workshops around the world is gaining ground. This is in addition to speech therapy sessions that a child with autism may benefit from. It is timely that The Center of Excellence for Humanoid Robots and Bio-Sensing (HuRoBs), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FKM), UiTM, in collaboration with IEEE-RAS Malaysia Chapter is organizing the 3rd Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop on December 2, 2013 along with the 2013 International Symposium on Medical and Rehabilitation Robotics and Instrumentation (MRRI2013). The workshop is focusing on recent progress on robotics technology for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), under the HuRoBs’s Rehabilitation Research Cluster project entitled “Development of Robot-Based Intervention Platform and Training Tools for ASD”.
Clinical evaluation and promotion of interaction between engineers, clinicians and therapists using robotics technology would be the focus of the workshop. It would also focus on using robotics as a new option to improve the quality and outcome of the therapy. The workshop would include caregiver testimonials. There will also be sessions about standardization of technology, technology transfer, and assessment tools.
This year the speakers are from:
- National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM),
- HuRoBs, and Clinical Training Center of the Faculty of Medicine, UiTM.
Special invited speakers are:
- Prof. Emilia I. Barakova from Eindhoven Univ. of Technology, the Netherland,
- Prof. Irini Giannopulu from UPMC, France,
- Dr. Hasnah Toran from Makmal Pembelajaran Autism, UKM.
Go over to http://www.robotpride.org/#!autism-workshop/c1fsy for more details, including registration for the event.