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