May is better speech and hearing month! Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of providing life-altering treatment.
Many parents have questions about their child’s speech, language, or social communication skills but are often told by family, friends, or even other professionals to wait and see if their child outgrows a potential problem. Unfortunately, this often results in a delayed diagnosis of a disorder that is highly treatable—particularly when caught early.
Here are some signs of a speech or language disorder in a young child (age 3 and under):
• 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) • Says words that are not easily understood by others (18 months – 2 years) • Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5–3 years) • Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2–3 years)
If your child exhibits any of these signs, contact us to schedule a consultation to see not only if your child needs help, but what kind of help is at your disposal.