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Language Development & Red Flags

There is a wide range of “typical” communication development with children. Below you will find "Red Flags” that may indicate a child is having challenges that might require the support of a speech-language therapist.

If you are concerned about your child's speech, language or hearing, please make a referral for a consultation with a speech and language therapist.

If your child shows any of these red flags, an immediate referral to a speech language therapist is recommended:

  • By 6 months, no big smiles or other warm joyful expressions
  • By 9 months, no back and forth sharing of sounds, smiles, or other facial expressions
  • By 12 months no babbling
  • By 12 months no pointing, no gestures such as reaching or waving
  • By 12 months no response to own name being called
  • By 16 months no single words
  • By 24 months no spontaneous two word phrases
  • By 24 months speech is not understandable
  • If speech and language skills have not improved in the last six months.
  • Regression of skills at any age (loss of language or babbling, or loss of language skills)

If you are interested in for more detailed information about typical speech and language development and red flags, please refer to the Developmental Milestones section of this website.