Developmental Milestones: 
Speech and Language

What are developmental milestones? Why are they so important?

Milestones are a set skills that a child is suppose to achieve by a certain age. If a milestone is not achieved, it can raise a red flag that a child may need extra help learning a skill.

You want to catch any delay early, the earlier the better! 

What's Normal?

Speech Development:

Speech Development is how a child says or pronounces his or her sounds. Click Speech Development for more information. 

Language Development:

Language refers to the content or the words a child says and what he or she understands. Click Language Developmental Milestones for more information. 

Why Monitor?

As a parent, there is nothing more enjoyable than watching your children develop and grow. I love watching the world come alive in my son's eyes.

As a speech language pathologist, I know these early years, even as young as 6 months old, are crucial. They build the foundation for communication skills, academic learning, social skills, and cognitive development. 

Of course, there is always a range of normal.

What Can I Do To Help?

For children under 1 year old, check out Baby Activities. You will find tips on how to talk to your child and free game ideas.

For Children under 3 years old, check out Language Games For Toddlers. You can choose from many games that target all sorts of language skills.

Having the right toys is equally as important. Check out Best Toys and Best Toddler Book List.

When To Seek Help?

If our children are having difficulty with something, the sooner an evaluation or screening is completed and therapy, if needed, is started the better!

Research has proven that the "wait and see" method does not work. The "wait and see" method means "my child will catch up and if not, then I will deal with it." This method can make the problem worse and your child may end up in therapy for a longer amount of time. 

Remember, these early years are very important. That is why it is a great idea to refer to the speech and language milestones to make sure your child is on the right track.

Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference.

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