Speech Delay is one of the most common symptoms initially identified in children. It can happen before speech development starts or patients can lose speech abilities. This problem can be associated with other developmental problems.
Normal Speech development:
- Birth – 3 y/o
- Smiles at you
- Calms down with voice
- Coos when he is happy or cries when he needs something
- 4- 6 months
- Responds to sounds
- Pays attention to music, toy sounds or persons voice
- Babbles and makes gurgles sounds
- 7 months – 1 year
- Turns to sound
- Pays attention when spoken to
- Say 1-3 words by 1 year old (mama, papa, no)
- Can make gestures; like “bye,bye”
- Understand simple commands like; “we are leaving”
- 1-2 years old
- Points to pictures
- Enjoy lullabies and other songs, stories.
- Can put two words together to communicate; “mama milk, “more cookie”
- Understands more commands and acquires new words frequently
- 50% of what he says is understood by other people than mother and father
- 3-4 years old
- Uses sentences of 4 or more words
- Can answer simple questions
- 75% of the words what he says is understood by other people than mother and father
- Speaks easily, talks about daycare, preschool, movies, etc.
- 5-6 years old
- Pays attention and understand what is said at home and at school
- Communicates with other children easily
- Pronunciates correctly most of the words with a few exceptions like r, l, s, v, z, sh, th, ch
- Names letters and numbers
- Uses complete sentences that give many details, can have a conversation
If your child does not meet this guideline, he/she needs to be evaluated. The earlier the better.
The Wellness Institute of Neurodevelopment has treated successfully thousands of patients. We perform a comprehensive evaluation to appropriately diagnose patients and be able to design the appropriate individualized treatment programs.