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May is Better Speech & Hearing Month: Know the signs of Speech and Language Delay!

​Knowledge about communication disorders allow parents and educators to act and help. The list below is from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association's "Identifythesigns" campaign of 2014. The information is still valid and important today.

  • Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older)

  • Does not babble (4-7 months)

  • Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7-12 months)

  • Does not understand what others say (7 months-2 years)

  • Says only a few words (12-18 months)

  • Words are not easily understood (18 months-2 years)

  • Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5-3 years)

  • Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2-3 years)

  • Has trouble with early reading and writing skills (2.5-3 years)

What Parents Can Do

  • Listen and respond to your child

  • Talk, read, and play with your child

  • Talk with your child in the language you are most comfortable using

  • Know it is good to teach your child to speak a second language

  • Talk about what you are doing and what your child is doing

  • Use a lot of different words with your child

  • Use longer sentences as your child gets older

  • Have your child play with other children

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