How do I know if my child needs speech therapy?

As speech therapists, we often get asked the questions, “Is my child’s speech normal?” and “Does my child need speech therapy?” Many times a parent may notice speech or language differences, and wonder if these are normal for their age or not. Sometimes a teacher, grandparent, or nanny may bring up concerns with a child’s speech or language.

While every child develops and grows at different rates and times, there ARE speech and language milestones to watch for in your own child. Since every child is different, it is important not to be alarmed if your child has not mastered every milestone for their specific age group. If your child is taking longer than expected to develop certain skills, there could be a delay. Talk to your pediatrician if you have a concern, or reach out to an SLP to further discuss your child’s development.

For more information and a free 0-12 months speech and language milestones PDF, head to our website tinytalkerschicago.com

Stephanie and Becky
Tiny Talkers, LLC