Late talking is no big deal for some children, but for others, it comes with speech difficulty and frustration.
The problem can be turned around. Just ask 5-year-old Aylin Welch.
"Really, she wasn't talking very much at all, and when she was, even her parents and her family members were having a hard time understanding her," speech-language pathologist Machelle Cathey said.
"It even got to the point where she was frustrated," Aylin's mother said. "She would just be irritated, almost depressed in a sense the fact she couldn't communicate."
At age 2, Aylin began speech therapy at Mission's Reuter Outpatient Center. Play-based activity over the years has helped her produce the sounds she lacked.