Does My Young Child Need Help?


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

Speech Sounds

 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.