Do you have questions about your child's communication?
Language Development Lifecycle of a Growing Kid
What sounds should my child be saying?
All children acquire sounds at a different pace. The following is a guideline for speech sound acquisition. If you or others have significant difficulties understanding your child, contact Wellesley Pediatric Speech Therapy for a full speech evaluation.
• By 6 months – Cooing, gurgling , Babbling “bababa”
• By 1 year – imitates sounds, approximates real words “mama”
• By 2 years – approximately 50% intelligible
• By 3 years – approximately 75% intelligible – Vowels, P, B, M, T, D, N, K, G, H, W
• By 4 years – 100% intelligible with some sound substitutions – F, V, Y, S, Z, SH, CH, J
• By 5-6 years – L, R, T
Current research has noted that bilingual children are often better at multi-tasking, possibly more intelligent than mono-lingual peers, and have a lesser chance of contracting alzheimers disease as they age.
Is it normal disfluencies?
What is Stuttering?
Stuttering (i.e. disfluency) is a communication disorder in which fluent speech is disrupted.
When do I need to seek the guidance of a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist?
If stuttering symptoms persist beyond the age of
4 ½ - 5-years and has lasted longer than 6-12 months.
If your child stutters on more than 10% of his speech, stutters with considerable effort and tension, or avoids stuttering by changing words and using extra sounds to get started.
Complete blocks of speech are more common than repetitions or prolongations now, and disfluencies tend to be present in most speaking situations. (see symptoms).