Speech Therapy

What Is Late Talking And Delay In Speech ?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics:

First year ,

  • wabbling
  • imitate sounds they listen from their parents

Second year ,

  • start speaking 2-3 word sentences
  • follow simple instructions
  • repeat words when heard

Third year

  • work as per a 2-3 steps instruction
  • identify objects and pictures
  • understands to whatever is said
  • speak well enough to be understood by outsiders

Fourth year

  • ask why-questions
  • understand what is same and different
  • mastered basic grammar
  • speak clearly but may mispronounce few

Fifth Year

  • retell a story in more than 5 words sentence
  • “Mamma” ! “Babba” ! “Dadda” !

    These are the words which all parents wait to hear from their kids. But few times, certain children lag behind their peers in speaking. Generally this problem gets solved in children as they grow but sometimes they appear as real disorders in few. Parents spend sleepless nights and stressful days worrying and panicing about “how can their child speak? or why is my child not speaking yet?”

    Treating Late Talking in Children:

    • Talk to your baby whole day, even when taking bath, changing diapers and during meals
    • Grab child’s attention to you at everything you’re doing (e.g.- Look ! I’m eating, I’m going to kitchen, I’m cooking… etc)
    • when a child understands more in comparison to speaking, no panic is needed
    • talk to your child at a level higher than his (if he uses 3 words at a time, you need to use more than 3 at a time)
    • Avoid using complex sentences
    • create environment for your child to imitate when you speak
    • Sing and read to your baby since very young age

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