Skills such as understanding simple instructions, responding to simple requests and imitating sounds are called speech and language milestones. Children reach these milestones in how they play, learn, listen and observe.
It’s very important to remember that children develop at their own pace, so it’s impossible to pin point exactly when a child will learn a specific skill. However, milestones give a general idea of the changes to expect as a child gets older.
As a parent, you know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or if you think there could be a problem with your child’s speech and language development, schedule an appointment with us and share your concerns.
Don’t wait. The “wait and see” approach is risky, you want to be proactive with this, as your child’s speech and language development impacts their life immensely. Early difficulties with spoken language and understanding language can result in problems with reading, writing and overall learning. Therefore the earlier a child gets assessed and has therapy the better. Early intervention is critical for children with communication problems.
Have a look at our age related guidelines that can help you determine if your child’s speech and language skills are developing.
Are you concerned that your child might not have met some of their speech and language milestones? Book an assessment with us to help you determine the best course of action for your child.