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WARNING SIGNS FOR SPEECH AND/OR LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT PROBLEMSAlthough children develop at different rates, most follow a general guideline of developmental norms. These guidelines are very general, and as a parent you know your child best. However, if you sense that there is a problem with your child's speech and/or language skills it is always wise to seek a professional opinion. Unfortunately, there is no universal age at which parents should seek professional advice for speech or language problem because every child is so unique (Hamaguchi, 2001). With the presence of a speech and/or language difficulty, parents may see a change in their child's behavior.
If the child is unable to communicate his/her wants and needs, the child can get frustrated and may begin to act out. The following is a list of some warning signs of a possible speech or language problem as listed in Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems by Patricia McAleerHamaguchi:
BIRTH TO 12 MONTHS
12 TO 18 MONTHS
PRESCHOOL AGE (3-5 YEARS OLD)
SCHOOL AGE (5-12 YEARS OLD)
If you notice that your child is exhibiting any of these warning signs, please contact yourpediatrician to voice your concerns. You can also contact your local Speech-Language Pathologist to discuss your child's speech and/or language development.
Below is a list of suggested reading for parents regarding speech and language:
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