Babies may not understand our words at first, but they understand our tone of voice, listen to our sounds and associate them with whatever they are experiencing at that moment (bath, feeding, play). Your baby is learning about the sounds (speech) that make words (language) when you talk to them.
Recognizing Speech Delay
As infants grow into toddlers, they understand more words than they use.
Sometimes parents and even health professionals may wait to see if a child will ‘grow out of it’, but many won’t. You can use the communication checklist to find the speech and language developmental milestones for your child (birth to age four) to help you decide if your child has a delay.
Early identification and treatment of speech and language delays will help your child prepare for junior kindergarten.
Top Strategies for Early Communication
This video presents four important strategies, or tips, for the development of early communication skills in babies and young children. We discuss how to use the strategies and why they are important, and provide picture and video examples that show the strategies being used.