Children's Communication Development

Monday, June 16, 2014

A childs speech and communication development begins soon after birth. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses the process and what parents can do to help their child develop good communication skills.

Dr. Hill:

Children learn speech and language in the first years of life. They will use these communication skills for the rest of their life.

A baby will progress from cooing at 2 months to babbling by about 6 months. At 15 to 18 months, a typical toddler understands 10 times more than he or she is able to put into words. This is often followed by a burst of talking around 2 1/2 to 3 years.

An environment rich in language greatly enhances a childs speech and language development. Parents who frequently talk to and read to their babies influence their childs later ability to successfully communicate. In contrast, children who are seldom spoken to or read to usually have delayed communication skills.

A variety of conditions, such as hearing problems, genetic or developmental disorders can cause speech delays. If detected early, these language problems can be significantly improved.

Your childs speech and language development can be evaluated during routine well child appointments.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.