All children make mistakes here and there as they fumble their way to an understanding of language and speech. It can be difficult to know exactly when you should reach out for professional language support for your growing child. The best way to be sure is to monitor your child’s language progress closely.
The first 3 years of life, when the brain is developing and maturing, is the most intensive period for acquiring speech and language skills. These skills develop best in a world that is rich with sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to the speech and language of others.
There appear to be critical periods for speech and language development in infants and young children when the brain is best able to absorb language. If these critical periods are allowed to pass without exposure to language, it will be more difficult to learn. There are a few warning signs that you can look for as your child grows that will indicate the need for language support.
Speech Milestones for Kids
At 15 months
At approximately 15 months, your child should know and be using at least three-five words. He or she should also be able to associate specific words to objects. If you say the names of at least ten objects or people, and the child should look at or point to those items.
At this stage, the child should know at least 50 different words and be able to associate more names with objects.
At 3 years, the child should have developed a vocabulary of at least 200-300 words, and should be able to form short sentences, ask questions, and respond to questions. The child should understand verbs and be able to follow simple directions.
How do I know whether my child needs a speech therapist?
If your child is not showing language progression at this rate, he or she may have a language disorder that is causing them to not understand language, or not be able to express language. You should seek language support from a speech pathologist. He or she can evaluate the child and apply therapy and treatment that will encourage development.
If you have questions or concerns about children’s speech and language development contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.
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