July 14, 2018
Late talkers are children that are between the age of 18-30 months and have an easier time understanding language but are not speaking as much as they should. They are also usually developing just fine in the play abilities, cognitive abilities and gross/fine motor skills.
But according to ASHA, there are definite risk factors that your child might not simply outgrow being the quiet child. The risk factors that may indicate a more serious language problem include:
Difficulty understanding what you are saying. Can she point to an object you name? Can she follow simple directions? If not, she may have a language delay.
Does she use gestures like waving "hi," point to objects or put his arms up to for you to pick him up? When a child uses gestures it's an indication that he will more likely catch up to his peers. If your child is not using any gestures, he might require intervention.
Is your child trying to use new words? She should be attempting to use new vocabulary on a regular basis even if she is not speaking as much as her peers. She may also be putting two words together in short sentences. If so, she may not be delayed. If you do not hear new words regularly, your child may have a language problem.
So how should you know if your child will just outgrow it? Or what do you do if your child does have a language delay and you'd like to do something at home? Use these speech resources below to get started or contact Better Speech for more information on speech therapy.
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We have experts in your needs and assign the right therapist; not just the therapist that happens to be in your area. If you want to find out more about our services, contact us to schedule a free consultation.