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Speech Guidelines for Children: Addressing Delayed Development  

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of everyday life were delayed, including educational and developmental milestones for children. One area that has been particularly affected is speech development. Due to the many challenges that COVID-19 posed, speech guidelines were pushed back to accommodate the limitations of COVID-19. Unfortunately, these guidelines have not been adequately corrected since, so while many children may be at or meeting the current milestones, they are actually delayed according to pre-COVID standards. As parents, it is crucial to be aware of where your child should be in terms of speech milestones and to know when to seek early intervention speech therapy. 

Delayed Development to Look Out For: 

With the guidelines still not up-to-date post COVID-19, it is important that parents know what to look out for so that their child does not fall behind. Here are some things to look out for:  

  • Limited Vocabulary: Children may struggle to acquire an appropriate number of words for their age group. They may have difficulty expressing themselves or understanding others. 
  • Articulation Issues: Pronunciation difficulties or unclear speech may persist longer than expected. 
  • Lack of Sentence Structure: Children may struggle with constructing sentences or have difficulty using correct grammar. 
  • Limited Social Interaction: Delayed speech development can affect a child’s ability to engage in social interactions, leading to social and emotional challenges. 

Why is Speech Development Important?

As parents, you know how important your child’s development, especially their early development, is. If your child starts to fall behind in their speech, it is especially important to work to correct this early so that they do not continue to fall more and more behind.  

  • Communication Skills: Speech and language skills are fundamental for effective communication, which is crucial for academic success, social interactions, and overall well-being. 
  • Cognitive Development: Language development plays a significant role in cognitive growth, including memory, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. 
  • Emotional Expression: The ability to express thoughts, feelings, and needs verbally is essential for emotional development and building healthy relationships. 
  • Academic Performance: Strong speech and language skills are foundational for reading, writing, and academic achievement in general. 

What Can You Do at Home: 

Reading to your child helps prevent delayed development.

When you start to recognize that your child is falling behind, there are a few steps you can take at home to help your child catch up while you seek out professional help/intervention.  

  • Encourage Conversation: Engage in meaningful conversations with your child, providing ample opportunities for them to express themselves and ask questions. 
  • Reading Aloud: Regularly read age-appropriate books to your child, discuss the story with them, ask questions about the story, and point out unfamiliar words to help expand their vocabulary. 
  • Play and Pretend: Encourage imaginative play, which fosters language development, storytelling, and problem-solving skills. 
  • Limit Screen Time: Excessive screen time can hinder speech and language development. Encourage interactive and educational activities instead. 

Professional Intervention for Delayed Development: 

The best way to help your child catch up and get ahead of their development is to seek professional intervention. A professional speech-language pathologist has the knowledge and skillset to address all concerns with your child’s development and will work with your child to correct them.  

  • Consultation with a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP): If you notice significant delays in your child’s speech development, seek guidance from an SLP for a comprehensive evaluation and professional advice. 
  • Early Intervention Programs: SLPs can design individualized therapy plans to target specific speech and language difficulties. Early intervention can lead to better outcomes and minimize the long-term impact of delayed speech development. 
  • Collaborate with Educators: Share concerns with teachers or childcare providers to ensure consistent support and tailored strategies in educational settings. 


As we navigate the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to address the impact on children’s speech development. Understanding the signs of delayed speech and language skills, the importance of early intervention, and the steps parents can take at home are essential for promoting healthy communication and supporting children’s overall development. Parents can help their children overcome speech delays and thrive in their language skills by being proactive and seeking professional guidance. At The Oxford Center, our Speech Therapy program features individualized therapy plans to help your child reach all of their goals and maximize their potential!

Breakthrough Post COVID-19 Treatment

Covid-19 is a term that has caused millions of individuals stress, grief, and anxiety. Professionals are seeing that COVID can cause long lasting symptoms for those who have had the virus. Lingering symptoms from COVID cases prevent countless individuals from moving on and regaining the health and quality of life we all deserve. We ca help you on your journey for a Post Covid treatment.

Post COVID-19 & COVID Long Haulers Treatment

Research studies are showing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help with many post covid symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, headaches, memory problems, malaise/lethargy, and more. Research suggests that capillary damage, inflammation, and low blood oxygen levels may contribute to post Covid symptoms. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is proven to be an effective COVID treatment. HBOT can reduce inflammation, saturate plasma with oxygen, and increase stem cell circulation up to 800% which enhances the body’s ability to heal itself. Whether you have recently had COVID or if you had it in the past, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment at The Oxford Center

The Oxford Center offers the highest quality technology and care available for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. At The Oxford Center, we provide hope and healing for every individual who seeks us out for help. No matter how severe your symptoms, The Oxford Center offers hope.

To learn more about how The Oxford Center and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help you in your COVID recovery, call 248-486-3636 for our Brighton or Troy locations

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment for COVID-19 Long Hauler Syndrome

Have you recovered from COVID-19 but find that you are experiencing COVID symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, headaches, memory problems, malaise and/or lethargy? You may be a COVID long hauler! “Wait,” you say, “I only had a mild to moderate case of COVID and I recovered. How can I be a long hauler?”

While mild to moderate COVID-19 lasts about two weeks for most people, there are some individuals who experience lingering symptoms and health problems even after they have recovered from an acute COVID-19 infection. COVID long haulers are individuals who experience lingering COVID symptoms. MIT Technology Review started a study in August of 2020 with “Slack groups and social media are connecting people who’ve never fully recovered from coronavirus to collect data on their condition.” View the CBS News story and video on this MIT Technology Review study here

While certain risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and other conditions may make a person more likely to experience a more severe case of COVID, the link between long-term problems and risk factors remains unclear. Some individuals who experienced a mild case of COVID have also become COVID long haulers. Research suggests that capillary damage and inflammation may contribute to COVID long-hauler symptoms due to interference with blood and tissue oxygenation as well as brain function. Physiological Reports published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of The Physiological Society and the American Physiological Society published a report this year about how COVID-19 related capillary changes affect blood oxygenation. 

The Oxford Center’s Treatment for COVID Symptoms

The Oxford Center in Brighton, Michigan, a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Center has had remarkable success in treating the symptoms from COVID-19 Long Hauler Syndrome. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a clinical treatment where the patient breathes 100% pure oxygen while enclosed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at a pressure greater than one atmosphere. HBOT has been shown to reduce inflammation, saturate plasma with oxygen, and increase stem cell circulation up to 800% which enhances the body’s ability to heal itself. HBOT treatment is a low-risk way to increase blood oxygen levels by non-invasively increasing the atmospheric pressure of oxygen external to the patient.  

Used regularly as a treatment of a variety of conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning, brain injury or trauma, Lime Disease, Parkinson’s, and non-healing wounds. HBOT is being researched nationally and worldwide as a promising treatment option for the hypoxia and other long-term damage associated with COVID-19. The Oxford Center has had several patients treat through Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy that have experienced major improvements in their daily lives. Some patients saw improvements in their taste, smell, reduction in brain fog, decrease in headaches, and more within just a few treatments of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.