Watching your child grow and development is one of the most exciting things that being a parent involves. You child is now 18 months old and you’re wondering if their speech and language is where it should be. The age that children learn language and start talking varies, but learning more about speech and language development will help you determine if there is a cause for concern. Here’s what to expect when they hit that 18-month milestone:
Expressive language (what your child is saying)
Receptive language (what your child understands)
Who can help?
If you are noticing your child is unable to do some of the skills listed above, they may be considered a “late talker” or may benefit from seeing a speech-language pathologist (SLP). You could wait and see, or you could seek an assessment. Option 1: express your concern to your paediatrician and they can refer you to a public health SLP. Option 2: find a private provider who can complete an assessment. A SLP is able to evaluate your child’s understanding and expression of language and the sounds your child is using to determine where they are compared to where they need to be (if there is a delay). Further, a SLP is able to provide strategies to use in everyday life to surround your child in a language rich environment to help them learn language faster. It is also important to get your child’s hearing tested to ensure they are hearing appropriately to learn language.
3 ways to enhance language:
Written by Kristen Lipp, Speech-Language Pathologist (Provisional) with Wildflowers