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I have compiled some resources to help you determine if your child is on track for speech-language development. There are a lot of facets to communication. If you would like to have your child receive a free articulation or language screening, contact me. I'm here to help.
What is my child supposed to be doing?
Acquiring sounds. Children begin to produce sounds through babbling and cooing. When you child makes his first word, it is time for a celebration! You attempt to imitate whatever you did to cause your child to say that word. The word was glorious. And you want to hear it again and again.
Here are two charts. One reveals what sounds your child should be making at what age. The other reveals when typical mastery of the sounds occurs.
When children are learning to talk, sound substitutions are common for the first 3 years. If the substitutions persist beyond what it typical, your child may have a phonological processing disorder. Below is a chart of common Phonological Processes that I find useful from a speech blogger which simply details the ages that the patterns typically disappear from child's speech.
Language Production. Language covers a broad range of skills. It involves, listening, speaking, reading, writing and communication. Children progress through developmental milestones. The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association along with the Read A Loud 15 Minutes organization created flyers to identify the signs of a possible communication disorder. You click on the link and will be directed to age appropriate flyers listing the skills typically present. https://identifythesigns.org/communicating-with-baby-toolkit/
FREE App from CDC for Developmental Milestones. The Center for Disease Control has created a Developmental Milestone tracker to help provide parents with children 0-5 years with information on child development. It is a FREE app. It explores four areas of development-Social, Language, Movement, and Cognitive. You place your child's age, gender, and name (you can use initials). Then it will give you questions that you can answer- Yes, Not yet, or Not Sure. You will be able to see what they should be doing and what you can work with them on to achieve their goals. It is not a substitute for the use of validated, standardized developmental screening tools as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.