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Signs of Speech Delay



A language delay occurs when a child doesn’t meet the typical language developmental milestones for their age. Here are common signs to look out for:


1. Babbling Delay:

By 15 months, most children should be babbling—making repetitive sounds like “ba-ba” or “da-da.” If your child isn’t babbling, it’s a potential sign.


2. Late Talking:

By 2 years old, children should start using words to communicate. If your child isn’t talking or has a limited vocabulary, consider seeking evaluation.


3. Sentence Complexity:

Around 3 years old, children should be able to speak in short sentences. If your child struggles with this, it could indicate a delay.


4. Difficulty Following Directions:

Children with language delays may find it challenging to understand and follow instructions or commands.


5. Pronunciation and Articulation Issues:

Poor pronunciation or difficulty articulating sounds can be a sign of a language delay.


6. Word Combination:

By age 3 or 4, children should be able to put words together to form more complex sentences. If your child leaves words out or struggles with sentence structure, it’s worth addressing.


Remember that every child develops at their own pace, but if you notice persistent delays in language milestones, consider seeking professional evaluation. Early intervention can make a significant difference in supporting your child’s language development.

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