Every parent (especially first-time parents!) want to make sure their child is keeping up with their peers....
...crawling, standing, walking, sleeping, potty-training.... but especially TALKING.
So, what SHOULD be expected of a "typical" toddler or preschooler in terms of speech and language?
First... a few important considerations:
Here are some EXPECTED MILESTONES for young children:
These are just some BASIC guidelines and not all-inclusive. But, PLEASE, If you have any concerns about your child's speech and/or language development please contact a Speech Language Pathologist near you today!
As a parent recently stated, "I wish I had started speech therapy from the jump and found out she didn't need it, than waste nearly half a year waiting to see if she would catch up."
May is not only Better Hearing and Speech Month...
today also marks the beginning of National Stuttering Awareness Week (May 9 - 15)!
No other movie brought as much welcome attention to stuttering or shed as much light on how stuttering impacts a person's daily life than The King's Speech...
Yet, there is still so much misunderstood and unknown about stuttering by the general public.
Here are just a few interesting facts about stuttering you probably didn't know:
If you suspect that your child stutters, there are ways that YOU can help them.
Check out these 7 Tips for Talking With Your Child.
Remember.... no two people stutter alike and that makes it harder to treat. But, there is help! Speech therapy needs to be tailored to meet needs of individuals and how stuttering affects their lives, not just their speech patterns. It is critical to seek out a Speech Language Pathologist with expertise in stuttering.
It's May! Which also just happens to be Better Hearing and Speech Month. So, to kick off this year's BHSM, I'm going to address one of the most common questions I get from parents....
"What sounds should my child be saying?"
To help answer that question, I've made a little diagram you can use as a GUIDELINE for when children GENERALLY master certain sounds.
Side note: Although this diagram is a good general guideline, not all children develop speech in the same way or at the same rate. If you still have concerns about your child's speech PLEASE consult with a certified Speech Language Pathologist near you.
Look for more BHSM posts this month!