What are some children’s speech disorder symptoms or warning signs?

June 25, 2014, No Comments, Written by , Posted in Uncategorized
Child language/speech warning signs

What are some Children’s speech disorder symptoms or warning Signs?

There are several symptoms  that help to indicate if a child has a speech problem, or s speech disorder. Not all of these will be direct indicators of problems, however it is good to be mindful that discovering a mild problem before it becomes a large problem can be very beneficial for your child. The list below includes some of the warning signs to be mindful of as a parent.

Speech Disorder Symptoms:

  • Does not babble or attempt to talk by one year of age
  • No words produced consistently by 16 months
  • Delayed development of vocabulary, concepts and grammar
  • Absent pointing by one year of age
  • Does not talk or uses more gestures than words by 2 years of age
  • Speech and Language is considerably different from children of the same age
  • Limited sound repertoire
  • Leaving off first sound of a word
  • Inconsistent sound errors
  • Speech is difficult for strangers to understand
  • Increased frustration during communication attempts
  • Increased need for repetition for response to commands, questions
  • Decreased/lack of appropriate play skills
  • Randomly says a word accurately, then doesn’t use it again
  • Decreased interest in social situations by age 24 months
  • Decreased eye contact
  • Delayed response time
  • Decreased need to communicate wants and needs to others
  • Lack of imitation skills
  • Difficulty with transitions
  • Perseverative or repetitive behaviors
  • Loss of skills previously mastered

If your child is showing signs that are part of the above list – this may not mean that you child has a speech problem, they may simply be delayed and progressing in other areas of development. However if your child repeatedly shows more than one of these speech disorder symptoms – asking a local speech pathologist for a consultation is the best thing you can do for your child’s development and well being. Contact us if you would like any advice or helpful information about your child.


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