Speech and Language Development

Speech and Language Development

Speech Development

Growing up isn’t a race, but Child Development experts created these speech and language milestones to give parents an idea of what to expect.

Every child is unique, and that means they have their own unique challenges. Our child speech pathologist works with each child to overcome these challenges and improves lives.

If you’re worried about any speech delays, take a look at these red flags.

Red flags for a speech or language delay include:

  • No babbling by 9 months
  • No first words by 15 months
  • No consistent words by 18 months
  • No word combinations by 24 months
  • Slowed or stagnant speech development
  • Problems understanding your child's speech at 24 months of age
  • Strangers having problems understanding child's speech by 36 months of age
  • Not showing an interest in communicating

What can parents do before contacting a speech therapist:

  • Start talking to your child at birth. Newborns benefit from hearing speech.
  • Respond to your baby’s coos and babbling
  • Play simple games with your baby like peek-a-boo and hide and seek
  • Listen to your child. Look at them when they talk to you.
  • Give them time to respond.
  • Help them describe what they are doing, feeling and hearing in the course of the day.
  • Encourage storytelling and sharing information.
  • Don’t try to force your child to speak.
  • Read a book aloud.
  • Sing to your child and provide them with music.
  • Learning new songs helps your child learn new words and uses memory skills, listening skills, and expression of ideas with words.
  • Expand on what your child says by describing what they point to or label.

*Reach out to your doctor if you suspect that there may be a delay in speech or language development.*

Occupational Development

Our occupational therapist helps infants and children achieve independence in various aspects of their daily lives. We facilitate play, learning and self-care skills by improving their fine motor, sensory processing, behavioral and visual perceptual skills in a fun and engaging setting.

Occupational Therapy may be appropriate if your child has difficulty with:

  • Writing
  • Cutting
  • Upper body and hand strength
  • Play activities
  • Dressing
  • Hygiene skills
  • Feeding
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Visual motor integration
  • Educational and cognitive skills
  • Sensory processing

*Contact your pediatrician if any of these concerns apply to your child.

Physical Development

The physical therapist with Speech Heart Services works to acquire maximum functional mobility in children with disabilities or injuries. We use specialized, one-on-one techniques to address gross motor deficits in gait (walking), balance, strength, range of motion, and safety in a playful and interactive environment.

Physical therapy may be appropriate if your child has difficulties with:

  • Range of motion
  • Walking
  • Balance and coordination
  • Strength and endurance
  • Bony deformities
  • Participating in age appropriate gross motor skills
  • Injuries due to sports or orthopedic conditions
  • Asymmetrical head or neck position
  • Adaptive equipment and orthotics
  • Pain management

*Contact your pediatrician if any of these concerns apply to your child.