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FAQ's - What To Look For!

How Well Does Your Child Talk?
What To Look For!
What is a Speech Disorder?
What is a Language Disorder?
What is Stuttering?
What is a Voice Disorder?
What is a Social-Language Disorder?
What is Autism?
What is a Learning Disability?
What are ADD and ADHD?
What is an Auditory Processing Disorder?
What is Developmental Apraxia of Speech?
What are oral motor / feeding problems?
Some Developmental Warning Signs for Children 0 to 12 Months
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Does not respond appropriately to "no-no"
  • Rarely babbles, is unusually quiet
  • Does not respond to whispered speech consistently
  • Shows little interest in imitating gestures such as "bye-bye"
  • Cries often without changing pitch or intensity
  • Shows little emotion
Some Developmental Warning Signs for Children 12 To 18 Months
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Does not say "ma-ma" or "da-da" in a meaningful way
  • Is unable to point to common body parts when asked
  • Does not understand 50 to 75 words
  • Is unable to follow a simple one-step direction such as, "Go get the cup," unless accompanied by a gesture
  • Does not imitate words
  • Does not use three to twenty words
  • Difficulty drinking from a cup
Some Developmental Warning Signs for Children 18 To 24 Months
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Tunes out other people frequently
  • Demonstrates or experiences a loss of skills
  • Does not respond to two part commands such as, "Get the doll and put it in the bed."
  • Difficulty identifying labeled pictures
  • Is quiet most of the time
  • Rarely attempts to imitate or produce words
  • Does not have a wide range of single words (between 100 to 200 words)
  • Is not interested in talking
Some Developmental Warning Signs for Children 24 To 36 Months
  • Avoids eye contact
  • Difficulty singing songs
  • Difficulty imitating parts of simple nursery rhymes
  • Difficulty naming common objects
  • Does not put short two or three word phrases together
  • Difficulty sitting and attending to a book or movie
  • Difficult to understand when talking
  • Drools
  • Feeding differences: Does not like firmer textures in food
Some Developmental Warning Signs for Children 3 to 5 Years
  • Speaks differently from other children of the same age
  • Difficult to understand
  • Difficulty maintaining eye contact when listening or speaking
  • Disinterested or detached from other children when playing
  • Makes noises or uses gestures to express needs instead of using words or sentences
  • Difficulty comprehending directions or following conversations
  • Watches what others are doing to follow a direction
  • Speaks in short phrases instead of complete sentences
  • Leaves out words such as, "žs" or "the" (Mommy eating cookie)
  • Leaves off endings such as, "ing" (Daddy play with ball)
Characteristics of Children with Receptive Language Problems
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Difficulty understanding the point of a discussion
  • Difficulty listening to and understanding stories
  • Poor conversational skills; turn-taking nature of communication is challenged
  • Limited vocabulary and understanding of concepts
  • Watches others to ensure they are doing the right thing
Characteristic of Children with Expressive Language Problems
  • Poor grammar, such as problems with pronouns she, he, her, him, his
  • Difficulty asking and answering questions
  • Cannot find the precise words to explain and describe
  • Describes using vague language
  • Poor vocabulary

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