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Can You ID the Signs?

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Do you know the signs of a communication disorder? Here at Play Works, we specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children from infancy through young adulthood.  Signs of a communication disorder can present as early as infancy. Our therapists provide early intervention using evidence based practice including the Early Start Denver Model curriculum. We are happy to be offering our new Parents as Play Partners program based on the research of ESDM. Call us to find out more! And remember, most patients will not need a referral from their pediatrician prior to scheduling their initial evaluation. 

Signs of a Language Disorder
Does not smile or interact with others (birth+) 
Does not babble (4-7 months)
Makes only a few sounds or gestures (7-12 months)
Does not understand what others say (7 mos-2 yr)
Says only a few words (12-18 months)
Does not put words together (1.5-3 yr)

Signs of Stuttering
Struggles to say sounds or words (2.5-3 years)
Repeats first sounds of wordsb-b-b-ball (2.5-3 yr)
Pauses a lot while talking (2.5-3 years)
Stretches sounds outf-f-f-f-farm (2.5-3 yr)

Red Flags- Infancy
2‐6 months Lack of response to sound, lack of interest in social interactions, no urge to communicate
6‐12 months Loss of cooing or babbling
12 months Failure to understand routines, produce mama/dada specifically

Red Flags in Preschool
24 months Inability to follow commands, vocabulary <35‐50 words, no 2 word utterances, rote memorization without novel phrases
36 months Inability to follow 2 step commands, limited vocabulary, no simple sentences, <1/2‐1/3 intelligible, excessive repetition

Signs of a Speech Sound Disorder
Says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words (1-2 years)
Says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectly in words (2-3 years)
Unclear speech, even to familiar people 
(2-3 yrs)

Signs of Stuttering
Struggles to say sounds or words (2.5-3 years)
Repeats first sounds of wordsb-b-b-ball (2.5-3 yr)
Pauses a lot while talking (2.5-3 years)
Stretches sounds outf-f-f-f-farm (2.5-3 yr)

Sarah McDonnell, MA CCC-SLP