When to get help

In order to see how your child’s language development compares to his or her peers, you can use this checklist for speech and hearing. However, each child develops at their 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.