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"When Is The Right Time To Start Speech And Language Therapy For Your Child?" - Akanksha Kumari (ASLP)

Language development is an amazing trip that every child takes on, beginning at birth. Babies develop from producing soft cooing noises to creating meaningful words over the course of two to three years. It's critical to know when to explore speech and language therapy for your child.


Recognizing speech and language developmental milestones between the ages of six months and two years will assist you in assessing your child's progress and seeing any possible red flags. Because most speech and language delays can be diagnosed by this point, we are highlighting these times particularly.


6–12 Months: Beginning To Communicate

Between the ages of 6 to 12 months, your child begins their journey of communication. They might start by babbling simple sounds like “ba-ba” or “ma-ma.”

They need to be able to respond to their name, make eye contact, and exhibit interest in sounds and voices they are accustomed to at the end of this time. They might also try to imitate basic noises or motions like waving good-bye.


Vocabulary Expansion: 12–18 Months

At the age of 12 to 18 months, your child begins to expand their vocabulary. They might start uttering their first words, such as "dada" or "mama." By the time they are 18 months old, they ought to know a few words and be able to follow basic instructions that only require one step.

They frequently pronounce words erratically at this point, but they ought to be getting better with time.


Sentence Development At 18 To 24 Months

The period between 18 and 24 months is a critical time for your child's language development. It is probable that they will begin putting words together to form brief sentences or two-word phrases like "daddy come" or "Brother sleeping."

As their language comprehension increases, they are also able to follow directions that get more complicated. They might still be working on their pronunciation, but their speech should be getting clearer.


Seeking advice from a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is advised if your kid isn't reaching these milestones within the recommended timeframes or if they show symptoms such as stuttering, restricted vocabulary, poor comprehension, or social disengagement.


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