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10 Signs Your Toddler Suffers From Speech Delay

The first three years of your child’s life is when she starts acquiring speech and language skills. However, some children face difficulties in the speech development department. Speech delay is a general term to describe children “who can’t speak well”. So how to tell if your child has speech delay? Speech therapists tell us what to watch out for:

  1. She doesn’t babble much, or at all during infant stage between six months to 12 months.
  2. She doesn’t utter single words at around 18 to 20 months.
  3. She’s non-verbal at 24 months.
  4. No one can make out what she’s saying even at three years old.
  5. Her school teachers and/or caregivers often feedback they can’t understand your child.
  6. At 18 months, she uses around less than 10 words.
  7. At two years old, she is still using gestures to communicate.
  8. She’s not stringing words together to form two-word phrases.
  9. She doesn’t respond to simple gestures at three years old.
  10. She doesn’t follow and participate in classroom activities at kindergarten.

This article was adapted from a story published in the October 2016 issue of Singapore’s Child.