Late language emergence (LLE) is a delay in language onset with no other diagnosed disabilities or developmental delays. Young children who exhibit a language delay are sometimes referred to as “late talkers” or “late language learners.” Two well recognised criteria for a language delay are (1) an expressive (spoken) vocabulary of fewer than 50 words and (2) no two-word combinations by 24 months of age.
Treatment approaches for children with a language delay typically vary along a continuum of naturalness. They include clinician-directed, drill-based activities in a therapy room, child-centered, play-based activities that include everyday activities in natural settings, and a hybrid of these – activities and settings that combine both approaches. There are many different types of resources that are available to support children with a language delay, and can be used both by clinicians and by parents and caregivers, one of these is flashcards.