There are many clues that you can watch for in determining if your child might need help with his/her speech and language development. Some common warning signs for speech and language delay include children who:

From 1-2 years


  • do not seem to understand or respond when you talk
  • do not use gestures (waving, pointing, etc.) by 12 months
  • use gestures instead of sounds and speech to communicate at 18 months
  • cannot imitate sounds at 18 months
  • have trouble comprehending simple verbal instructions

Above 2 years


  • do not produce words and phrases on their own (only imitate speech and actions)
  • repeat sounds and words
  • are unable to follow simple directions
  • cannot communicate past their immediate needs

Next Steps

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