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Speech and Language Development Milestones
Why tracking developmental milestones is important
As parents, we know there is a range of development. One child may begin speaking early and often while a sibling or peer takes their time.
The differences between children, even within the normal range of development, can seem drastic. That said, developmental milestones are important to track in order to determine whether a child needs intervention. Identifying and treating delays early can put your child on the right path, avoiding what could have become a larger issue.
There are a few major speech and language milestones to keep in mind (listed below) as your child develops. If you have concerns regarding your child’s speech and language development, it is always better to reach out to a professional versus the “wait and see” approach. The speech and language centers of the brain grow and change rapidly in the preschool and early elementary school years. As speech language pathologists, the earlier we can start treatment for those children that need services, the better.
Our experienced team is happy to answer your questions and make recommendations specific to your child.
When to consider seeking a speech language evaluation
TherapyWorks favorite articles and websites on early intervention and speech & language development:
- From Birth Engage Your Child with Talk by Jane Brody, New York Times, 2009
- Diane Bahr’s books and articles are great resources for prevention of developmental delays and practical everyday tips: agesandstages.net
- American Speech Language Hearing Association: ASHA.org
- Early Identification of Speech, Language and Hearing Issues
- TherapyWorks Blog