When to get help

In order to see where your child’s language development is in relation to his or her peers, you can complete a checklist for speech and hearing. Keep in mind though that each child develops at his or her own pace and has different strengths. It may be perfectly normal for your child to pick up language more slowly.

If you have concerns, talk to your health care provider or contact a speech-language pathologist at VCH. If services are needed, it’s important to start them as early as possible.

In addition to beginning to use language, your child should also be making eye contact, pointing to things that interest them and trying to share activities with you by the time they are 18 months old. If you have concerns about your child’s development, talk to your health care provider.