When does my young child need to see a Speech Pathologist?
If you feel your child is not developing according to the following checklist, your child might benefit from seeing a Speech Pathologist at TLC-WA.
By 12 Months
Responds to familiar sounds, e.g. phone ringing, vacuum cleaner, etc.
Imitates the sounds of cars and animals
Says “Mama”, “Dada” and at least one or two other words
Understands simple commands, like “No”
Recognises own name, names of familiar people and words for common items (e.g. cup, shoe).
Enjoys songs, music and books
By 24 Months
Says names of simple body parts
Listens to stories and names some of the pictures
Understands simple requests, like “Where’s your shoe?”
Uses more than 50 words
Sings simple songs, like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “Baa Baa Black Sheep”
Attempts simple sentences, like “Milk all gone”
By 36 Months
Understands how familiar objects are used, e.g. “a cup is for drinking from”
Follows simple two element commands, e.g. “Show me the ball and the cup”; or “Put the spoon in the cup”
Uses three to four word sentences
Has favourite books and TV shows
Is understood by familiar adults
0-2 years: p, b, m, n, w, t, d
2½ — 3½ years: k, g, h
3-4 years: f, s, y, z
4-5 years: sh, ch, j, l, consonant blends (e.g. fr in frog)
5-7 years: r, v, th
If your child is difficult to understand after 3 years of age, your child should be seen by a Speech Pathologist.