Beginning early to enhance a child's speech and language development can make a big difference in their future. Many parents ask the question, "Is my child's speech or language delayed?" Following are some questions which can help determine if a child may have a problem with his or her speech or language development. If the answer to most of the questions within the child's age level is "no," a speech/language evaluation for the child is recommended.
7 through 12 months
Does the child immediately respond to his own name?
Does the child respond to simple requests, such as "come here, "want more"?
Does the child recognize words for common items, such as cup, ball, juice?
Does the child say one or two words, such as mama, dada, no, bye-bye?
13 through 18 months
Does the child respond to request for play actions, such as "push the car," "kiss the baby"?