You won’t know for sure if your child is a late bloomer or has a speech delay.
All children go through the same stages as their speech and language develops. However, it’s hard to know exactly when your child will get to each stage. There is a range of what is normal, and it can vary a lot.
Your child’s speech and language development depends on:
- Her natural ability to learn language,
- Other skills that he is learning at the same time,
- How much talking she hears during the day,
- How people respond to what he says or does.
This makes it hard to say for sure where your child’s speech and language development will be in three months or 1 year, and why it’s so important that if you feel your child isn’t progressing to seek the attention of a medical professional.
Is your child between 18 and 30 months old and not talking as well as you think he should?
Some factors that may put your child at risk for language problems include:
- Understanding language. A child usually understands what she hears before she uses words. This is receptive language. Your child may be able to point to objects when you name them and follow simple directions. If your child seems to understand well for her age, she is more likely to catch up with her language. If you think she does not understand what others say, she might have a language delay.
- Using gestures. Your child may use gestures to communicate, especially before he can say many words. Gestures include pointing, waving “hi” or “bye,” and putting his arms up so you will pick him up. The more gestures your child uses, the more likely it is that he will catch up to other children his age. This is another reason to incorporate baby sign language into your daily routine (see my blog for more information). Your child may not learn language as well if he does not use many gestures.
- Learning new words. Your child may be slower to talk, but she should still try to use new words each month. She may start putting some words together or use words to ask questions. If your child does this, she is more likely to catch up and not have a delay. Your child may have a language problem if you do not hear new words often.
**Information taken directly from ASHA.org**
Having a problem with anything on this list does not mean that your child has a language delay.
However, it puts him more at risk. You may want to have your child tested to make sure his speech and language is where it should be.
To get more insights about your child’s speech and language milestones, feel free to get a FREE personalized feedback on your child’s speech progress, reviewed by certified speech therapist.
Stacie Bennett has been practicing as a Speech-Language Pathologist for the past ten years. Currently, she works full-time at a vocational high school in New Jersey and have her own private practice. Feel free to contact Stacie if you have any questions!