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When to start worrying about speech delays - Part 2

When to start worrying about speech delays - Part 2

Last week we spoke about communication milestones for babies. This week, let us talk about older children. The year between one and two witnesses a huge leap in terms of communication and language skills. Most children speak their first words between 10-14 months. These first words are usually nouns that children see/need on a daily basis and can range from mamma, da-da, dudu (or another equivalent for milk), ju (for juice), and so on - and these words are then followed by verbs like eat, come, go, etc.

Between 14-18 months, children start pointing at things and naming them. Simple words like food, doll, car, and other such are added to their vocabulary. It is during this time they also start following simple instructions like, 'bring me the ball', or 'pick up the toys'. the pronunciation of words may not be perfect and comes only with repetition and practice. You will notice a huge leap in comprehension and expression between 18-24 months. It is during this period that the baby will try to form simple (even though imperfect) sentences by trying to join 2-3 words. By 21 months, the baby vocabulary increases by up to 50 words. They start to understand simple pronouns like me, you, they, etc and also try to imitate new words.

Some signs to look out for to rule out speech delay are:
- By 15 months, does the baby have a 5-10 word vocabulary?
- Does the baby respond to simple questions like 'do you want more rice?', or 'do you want to go out and play?'
- Does the baby babble? Do they understand simple instructions?
- Does the baby point to familiar people/objects?
- Does the baby hold eye contact?
- Does the baby enjoy listening to stories?
- Does the baby cry or notice when they're hurt?

Any of these signs in isolation or combined with different signs can give you an insight on whether the baby is on track with their communication milestones.

We have said this before and cannot stress this enough - an early intervention is key. An assessment by a trained speech therapist or a developmental paed can help you devise the best plan of action in case of a speech delay. The idea is to get the help the child needs, and doing it at the right.
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