Child Health Information
Identify the Signs of Speech & Language Disorders
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, we have patients that have been with us from the cradle to college. If you are expecting your first child and are looking for a home doctor, we are here for you. If you are a parent and are looking to establish care, we are here for you. If you are a current patient, we are here for you, too.
The information below is from Bright Futures
and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please use it as a guide for your upcoming well visits.
Important Immunizations & Milestones
Reduce risk for SIDS
Early Signs of a possible speech or language disorder.
Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older)
Does not babble (4-7 months)
Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7-12 months)
Does not understand what others say (7 months-2 years)
Says only a few words (12-18 months)
Words are not easily understood (18 months-2 years)
Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5-3 years)
Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2-3 years)
Has trouble with early reading and writing skills (2.5-3 years)
Early Detection of Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders Do you have a child 3 years old or younger? Are you worried because your child doesn't seem to listen? Has your child started to say any words? Does your child cry a lot or have tantrums? Your child may have early signs of a speech, language, or hearing disorder.
My 2½-year-old, Evan, doesn't talk at all. He doesn't respond when I call his name. He turns the pages of a book, but doesn't pay any attention when I read to him. He shows me what he wants, but doesn't use words. He doesn't do what I ask him to do. He gets upset when I don't understand him. Is this normal? Does he just need more time to catch up?
Don't wait and hope your child will outgrow a communication problem. Early detection leads to early treatment. The earlier you get help for your child, the better.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists can help your infant or toddler who has a speech, language, or hearing disorder. SLPs help with
language disorders, speech sound disorders, stuttering (disfluency), and voice disorders.
Signs of a Speech Sound Disorder
incorrectly in words (1–2 years)
incorrectly in words (2–3 years)
Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2–3 years)
Ways to Help With Speech Sound Disorders
Say the sounds correctly when you talk—it's okay if your child makes some mistakes with sounds
Don't correct speech sounds—it's more important to let your child keep talking
Signs of Stuttering (Disfluency)
Struggles to say sounds or words (2½–3 years)
Repeats first sounds of words—"b-b-b-ball" for "ball" (2½–3 years)
Pauses a lot while talking (2½–3 years)
Stretches sounds out—"f-f-f-f-farm" for "farm" (2½–3 years)
Ways to Help With Stuttering or Disfluency
Give your child time to talk
Do not interrupt or stop your child while he or she is speaking
See an SLP if you are concerned (Many young children stutter for a short period of time; in most cases, the stuttering will stop.)
Early Signs of a possible speech or language disorder
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