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The first three years of life are the most intensive period for developing and using speech and language skills; this is the critical period when the brain is most able to absorb language.

While children vary in their development of speech and language skills, they tend to chart a normal progression for acquisition and mastery of their speech and language skills.


If you answer “no” to any of the following speech and language developmental questions, it may suggest an early warning sign that your child is at risk for speech and/or language delays and would benefit from speech and language services.

Is your child able to:


  • Produce speech that is understood by parents, family members and strangers?

  • Follow directions to find two similar objects (i.e., “Pick up the blocks.”  “Get the book.”)?

  • Demonstrate an understanding of several verbs by selecting corresponding picture?

  • Answer “where” questions (i.e., “Where is Daddy?”)

  • Make a choice (i.e., “Would you like milk or juice to drink?”)

  • String 2-3 words together in a meaningful way?

  • Listen to simple stories?

  • Listen to a speaker and watch a speaker’s face when spoken to?

Research supports that early intervention for speech and language delays can greatly improve a child’s future academic successes.


If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language development, please contact us online, send us an email or call us at 888-28-LAPSA (52772) to set up a consultation in our office.


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