A speech delay can really worry you, but don’t get too stressed before you know what’s really going on.
First off, start by making sure you child’s hearing is normal. His pediatrician has likely already tested for this, but it can’t hurt to bring it up with the doctor again, just in case.
Taking his time
Then try to observe how much your toddler seems to understand of what you’re saying. Can he identify body parts like his ears, nose and toes? Does he understand basic commands, like when you tell him to get a certain toy? If so, he’s likely just taking his time to start to talk. Remember that like many other developmental issues, kids learn to speak at different rates.
If your child isn’t speaking and he’s also showing other issues, like not pointing to things, not playing with others or not understanding general commands, it may be a sign that something else is going on. Talk to your pediatrician about any concerns you may have. Most doctors follow screening guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. These keep them on the lookout for signs of autism or other developmental disorders.
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