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10 Signs of Speech Disorder In Your Child

One of the joys of parenthood is watching your baby grow, develop — and communicate. Typically, acquisition of language starts at about six months with single word utterances like “mama” or “dada.” Their vocabulary expands and refines as the years pass. But what if it doesn’t?

While all children develop at different rates, it’s important to ensure that your child is showing continuous language growth and progression. There are some essential signs that every parent should watch for as their child grows and develops that may signal a speech disorder, marked by the inability to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or where normal speech is disrupted.

Warning signs to watch for:

  1. Your child does not interact socially starting in infancy

  2. He does not follow or understand what you say (starting at 1 year)

  3. She says only a few sounds, words, or gestures (18 months to 2 years)

  4. Her words are not easily understood (18 months to 2 years)

  5. She does not combine words (starting at 2 years)

  6. He has a limited vocabulary (age 2-3 years)

  7. She says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words (1-2 years)

  8. She says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectly in words (2-3 years)

  9. He produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2-3 years)

  10. He is not using 2-3 word sentences to ask for things (by 3 years)

Early intervention is the key to prevention and elimination of a speech disorder at any age. At Leap of Language, your child is in the best of hands. Speech pathologist Jessica Patrick will design an individualized, effective therapy designed to stimulate language development and enhance your ability as parents to support your child's development in everyday situations. She will also perform evaluations regularly to monitor your child’s language progress. For more information on our services, give us a call today.

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