Speech Delay in Children

Friday, August 26, 2011

Speech delay can cause your child to have problems saying words and phrases, understanding what is being said, or putting feelings, thoughts, and ideas into words. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about speech delay in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Every child develops at his or her own pace, but if your child doesnt talk as much as other children the same age, the problem may be speech delay.

Your doctor may think your child has speech delay if he or she isnt able to:

Use at least three words by 15 months of age

Follow one-step directions by 18 months of age

Point to pictures or body parts when they are named by two years of age

Use original two-word phrases by two and a half years of age

Follow two-step directions by three years of age

Common causes of speech delay include slow development, hearing loss or intellectual disability.

Your doctor will evaluate your childs speech and mental and physical

development. He or she may also test your child for hearing problems.

Some children just take more time to start talking. Your doctor might refer your child to a speech therapist to help him or her learn to understand and speak better.

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