Signs of Language Delay
A: Receptive language delay is when a person has difficulty understanding spoken words and language that you read or hear.
A: Expressive language delay is when a person has difficulty using words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning and thoughts.
A: Receptive language is important because it allows children to understand the world around them.
A: Expressive language is important because it allows children to be able to express their needs and wants, thoughts and ideas in a functional and successful way.
A: If you are worried about your child’s language development, it is important to see a speech and language therapist immediately. You can find a speech and language therapist on your own, or ask your paediatrician or health care provider to refer you to one.
A: Children should respond to their name by their first birthday. Help your child to listen by minimising background noise. Get face-to-face and call his name. Give them praise when they look up and make eye contact.
A: If your child is over 18-month-old and is not making any sound or noise, go and see a speech and language therapist.
A: By 2-year-old, children should be making short phrases or simple sentences. Repeat what your child says then add one word or a new vocabulary. For example, If your child says: “car”, you can say “Red car”, or “ The car is fast”.
A: By 3-year-old, children should be able to follow up to 3-steps instructions. Break down instructions in small steps. Model by doing it with them together.
- does not point by 12 months
- does not use sounds or words by 18 months
- say less than 100 words by 24 months difficulty putting words in a sentence by 36 months