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Speech/Language Delay


Is a failure to develop language and speech abilities on the usual developmental timetable. Speech/language delay is the most common developmental disorder in children aged three to 16 years, affecting approximately 3 to 10 percent of children. It is three to four times more common in boys than in girls
How can I tell if my child’s speech and language development is on track? If your child is not on track with the following speech/language development milestones, you should talk to your pediatrician or to a speech-language pathologist. Here are the milestones to look for in normal speech development

Age Language Level
Birth Cries
2-3 months Cries differently in different circumstances; coos in response to you
3-4 months
Babbles randomly
5-6 months
Babbles rhythmically
6-11 months
Babbles in imitation of real speech, with expression
12 months Says 1-2 words; recognizes name; imitates familiar sounds; understands simple instructions
18 months Uses 5-20 words, including names
Between 1 and 2 years Says 2-word sentences; vocabulary is growing; waves goodbye; makes “sounds” of familiar animals; uses words (like “more”) to make wants known; understands “no”
Between 2 and 3 years Identifies body parts; calls self “me” instead of name; combines nouns and verbs; uses short sentences; matches 3-4 colors, knows big and little; likes to hear same story repeated; forms some plurals
Between 3 and 4 years Can tell a story; sentence length of 4-5 words; vocabulary of about 1000 words; knows last name, several nursery rhymes
Between 4 and 5 years
Sentence length of 4-5 words; uses past tense; vocabulary of about 1500 words; identifies colors, shapes; asks many questions like “why?” and “who?”
 
Between 5 and 6 years Sentence length of 5-6 words; vocabulary of about 2000 words; can tell you what objects are made of; knows spatial relations (like “on top” and “far”); knows address; understands same and different; identifies money; counts ten things; knows right and left hand; uses all types of sentences
 
How can I tell if my child has a language problem or is just a "late-talker"

You can’t really tell whether a child with delayed speech is a late talker or has an expressive language disorder or other underlying cause of speech delay. That’s why it’s worth seeking help. The earlier your child gets help, the greater their progress will be. And if they turn out to be a late talker, the extra attention to their speech will not have hurt in any way.
By:
Dana Naser MSc SLP
Speech Language Pathologist
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