Speech and language problems
Your child may have a speech or language problem if:
- Your baby doesn’t seem to listen to you
- She doesn’t enjoy different sound and doesn’t respond to them
- You baby has a percipient problem with chewing, sucking, biting or swallowing
- By 12 months, your baby doesn’t use hand gestures at all
- By 18 months, your child prefers to communicate through gesturing rather than vocalising
- By 18 months, your child has difficulty imitating sounds
- Your toddler is frustrated by her lack of speech
- Your toddler has difficulty understanding you
- Your toddler stutters
- By 2 years, your toddler doesn’t spontaneously use words or phrases to communicate her needs – she only imitates your speech
- By 2 years, your child hasn’t sufficient words in his vocabulary to communicate his basic needs and still relies on gesturing and parent-led communication
- By 2 years, your child can’t follow a simple instruction
- Your child has an unusual tone of voice
- Your child is unusually difficult to understand considering her age. By 2 years, people in close contact with your child should be able to understand about half of everything she says. By 3 years that should increase to 75% and by 4 years, your child should be mainly understood by everyone who comes into contact with her.
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