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Speech Therapy

speech thumbFrom birth, children learn to communicate in a variety of ways including through cries, eye gazes and vocalizations as they interact with parents. As a child grows, communication skills progress from simple nonverbal means such as gestures or pointing, to one to two word phrases with eventual transition to more complex skills such as conversational turn taking. Children also learn to respond to non-verbal gestures, body language and engage in social situations. If these skills do not develop within the period or manner expected, this could suggest the presence of a language delay or speech disorder.

The following is a developmental checklist* for Speech and Social Skills. These are broad guidelines for child development in these areas that can be helpful in understanding what to expect. Please remember, each child grows and develops at different rates.

If your child is not talking, not communicating as other children his/her age or if you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development in any of these areas, please talk with your child’s doctor or call us at 214-227-5333.

By 1 month your child should be able to:
  • Cry when hungry or uncomfortable
  • Respond to sound
  • Quiet when picked up
By 2 months your child should be able to:
  • Eye gaze
  • Smile responsively
  • Coo: ooo, gah, aah
  • Turn head toward sounds
By 4 months your child should be able to:
  • Laugh
  • Cry in different ways to show hunger, pain, tired
  • Recognize familiar voices
  • Enjoy repeating newly learned activity
By 6 months your child should be able to:
  • Like to look at self in mirror
  • Play peek-a-boo
  • Vocalize attitudes other than crying (ex. joy, squeal, grunt)
  • Babble (ex. Baba-baba)
  • Separation anxiety
By 9 months your child should be able to:
  • Say “dada / mama/baba”
  • Wave or respond to bye-bye
  • Imitate gestures and sounds
  • Understand “no”
  • Extend toy to show others, does not release
  • Show like/dislike for certain people, objects, places
  • Touch toy or adult’s hand to restart activity
By 12 months your child should be able to:
  • Play pat-a-cake
  • Has one to three words
  • Imitate activities / sounds/ vocalizations
  • Enjoy board books and looking at pictures
  • Use simple gestures, like shaking head “no” or waving “hi” or “bye”
  • Babble with inflection
  • Repeat sounds or actions to get attention
By 15 months your child should be able to:
  • Say hi, bye
  • Give toy to familiar adult on request
  • Respond to simple request (“give me kiss”)
  • Interact with adults
By 18 months your child should be able to:
  • Say and shake head “no”
  • Request “more”
  • Enjoy looking at photos
  • Point to show someone what he wants
  • Know some body parts
  • Show toy preferences
  • Play simple pretend games (ex. feeding a doll
  • Can follow 1-step commands (ex. “sit down” )
By 2 years your child should be able to:
  • Name items in a picture book
  • Request items by name
  • Use pronouns (me, I, you)
  • Play beside other children
  • Have 50 words
  • Use 2 words together
  • Ask “what’s that?”
  • Take turns
  • Name body parts
  • Enjoy listening to stories
  • Answer “where” questions
By 3 years your child should be able to:
  • Help tell a favorite story
  • Use 3-5 word sentences
  • Speech is clearer
  • Carry on conversations
  • Tell age /shows with fingers
  • Participate in interactive games
  • Understand big/little
  • Ask questions such as “why,” “what”
By 4 years your child should be able to:
  • Know full name
  • Tell stories
  • Language is expanding
  • Name some colors and numbers
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Sing a song or say a poem from memory such as “Wheels on the Bus”
By 5 years your child should be able to:
  • Speak clearly
  • Play games with rules
  • Follow directions
  • Play cooperatively with friends

We accept Traditional Medicaid, Superior, Amerigroup, Parkland CHIP, and Parkland KIDSfirst.
Please call our office at 214-227-5333 for the current list of insurances and other payment options.

* This information is compiled from the following sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, Emory University

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