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Children's Speech and Language Development: What's Normal?
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thanks for sharing
A pediatrician is an excellent person to get information from regarding baby language development. A teacher is also an excellent resource.
Our pediatrician was concerned when our youngest child had only a couple of words at his twelve-month checkup (not 18 or 24, as the author of this article suggests). We were referred to a group of professionals who evaluated our baby (language, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, etc.) and set up a plan for weekly appointments with a speech therapist to build his speech. This speech therapist came to our home weekly for six months, working with the baby and us to help him learn to communicate better. After six months he was reevaluated, and had made so much progress he no longer qualified for help (which was GREAT). All of this was paid for by the state; this had nothing to do with income, and families at any income level would qualify. Other states might offer something similar.
Preschool, kindergarten and grade school teachers can also refer students to language testing. Speech therapy for these children is also sometimes paid for by the state if the child qualifies for language help.
Also, there is a large body of research regarding sign language on speech development. The research I've read tends to support sign language as a way to build language skills, both in developing speech and in developing social-emotional concepts. I would encourage parents who are curious about effects to read through the literature as well.
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