Communicating with your child is a great joy, but what if you are finding it difficult?

Communicating with your child is a great joy, but what if you are finding it difficult?  Could it be that they have a language disorder?  How can you tell?


Signs of a Language Disorder:

  • Lack of a smile or direct interaction with others (birth & older)
  • No presence of babbling (4-6 months)
  • Limited sound productions or use of gestures (7-9 months)
  • Limited vocabulary (19 months-2 years)
  • Not putting words together to make sentences (19 months-3 years)
  • Not easily understood by others (3-4 years)
  • Difficulties with early reading skills or acknowledging the front of a book (4-5 years)


What can a caregiver do:

  • Interact with your child by listening & responding to them
  • Engage in talk, reading, and play with your child
  • Use language that you are most comfortable using with your child (native language) 
  • Talk about what you are doing!  Essentially narrate your day!
  • Increase your language complexity as your child gets older
  • Encourage your child play and interact with other children
  • If have concerns, schedule a speech and language assessment 

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