If you have concerns about your child’s speech and language skills, it may be time to consider a speech-language assessment. Keep in mind that all children develop at their own pace, and it is normal for some children to take longer to start talking or have difficulty with certain sounds. However, there are signs that may indicate a delay or difficulty in speech and language development. These may include:
- Difficulty producing certain sounds or words
- Limited or absent use of gestures
- Difficulty following simple instructions
- Difficulty expressing needs or wants.
If you notice any of these signs in your child, speak with their pediatrician. They can assess your child’s overall development and provide guidance on next steps. Early intervention can make a big difference in your child’s development. The sooner you get them the support they need, the better their chances of making progress.