Early stages of speech and language development are important for children. As an expert in the field of speech-language pathology, and being a mother of a one-year-old child, I think it’s really important to discuss speech and language skills of children. I see parents coming with their four-year-old, or older child worried that their child is not speaking even at this age. When we study the history of the child, we see that the child had a delay at the early stages, which was neglected by parents. They have opted for a “let’s wait and see” approach, and this has resulted in speech and language disorder or delay. Personally and professionally, I do not support this “let’s wait and see” approach, as it limits a child’s speaking and learning skills. Here are a few key points for parents to look out for to ensure the development of speech and language skills in the first six months of your baby’s life.
Even if your child is a full-term, healthy baby or a preterm, low birth weight baby, your child’s speech and language skills are completely based on the stimulation at home. When there are complications faced at an early stage, then more intensive stimulation is required at later stages. It’s completely based on play and talk process. But the way you play with your baby and the way you talk to your baby matters.
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