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.
Okay, that is quite a dry definition....but you get the idea.
Milestones are quite important and not for the obvious reasons. It isn't as important that a child reaches a certain skill by a certain age. What is more important is the progression of the learning!
You want to catch any delay early, the earlier the better!
On this page, we are going to discuss speech and language developmental milestones since we are all about communication skills here!
Speech Development is how a child says or pronounces his or her sounds. Click Speech Development for more information about what sounds your child is suppose to say by what age and tips on how to help if needed!
Language refers to the content or the words a child says and what he or she understands. Click Language Developmental Milestones for more information. Learn all the different areas of language development and explore fun games to play with your child to encourage acquisition of skills.
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.
To help track your child's progress, check out our speech language screening tools! They are free!
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.
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.
For more information on how to start the referral process, read