From the time they are born, children start communicating. Very early in their lives, they learn to understand what you are saying and to make sounds of their own. They are beginning to develop speech and language skills that will help them make friends and learn to read and later, to succeed at school and in life. Communication skills are critical to your child’s future success. About one in 10 children needs help developing normal speech and language skills. Without this help it can be a struggle to listen and talk, difficult to learn to read, and a challenge to play with other children.
Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, and offered through Markham Stouffville Hospital, the program offers assessment and a range of intervention services to support the development of communication skills, and to give children the best opportunity for healthy development.
The York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program serves families of preschool children living in York Region.