My Child Won't Speak -

5 Signs its Time

for a Speech-Language Evaluation


Clearly, every child develops at different speeds. However, when expected skills are delayed by 3-6 months it may be time to seek out a professional speech therapist. 


AVOIDING SOCIAL INTERACTION


If you notice your baby is not smiling, looking, listening, babbling or understanding he/she may not be developing the foundation for speech skills.  


NOT MAKING ANY SOUNDS


Even before talking, a baby should be making a nice variety of squeals, laughs, vowels and consonants. The adage "1st Word in the 1st Year"  is a good rough approximation for speech development. Besides "Mama"  and "Dada" more words for favorite things should be said to gain access to those items. 


YOU OR FAMILY/FRIENDS CANNOT UNDERSTAND THEM


By age two you should be able to understand 50% of what your child says, by age three 75%, and by age 4, 100%.


NOT COMBINING WORDS BY AGE TWO


Many toddlers will start this by 18 months, but by age 2 they should begin to put two words together for simple sentences like "Mommy eat", "Car Go", "More Cookie". 


INDEPENDENTLY PUTTING WORDS TOGETHER


By age 2 a child should be having consistent growth in vocabulary and make simple sentences to express themselves. These sentences form a foundation for growth in other developmental areas.


If you have concerns about your child's speech and language development, your pediatrician may provide a referral for further evaluation. In these cases its better to be safe than sorry.  You can always make a call to a trusted speech therapist to discuss your child's specific situation.





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