Speech Development and Delays

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Reviewed: 2017

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Online Resource(s)

How I Communicate
This parent note provided by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse describes, from a child’s perspective, the development of communication skills from birth to 36 months. Also available in Spanish.

Delayed Speech or Language Development
How long should parents wait if they are concerned about a child’s speech or language development? KidsHealth suggests an early evaluation is important if there is a problem and reassuring if there is not. Also available in Spanish.

Language Delay
The American Academy of Pediatrics explains that simple speech delays are sometimes temporary in children. They may resolve on their own or with a little extra help from family. Sometimes formal speech therapy is needed. Also available in Spanish.

Typical Speech and Language Development
Parents and teachers can learn more about speech development, including social language and the effects of learning more than one language on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website.

How Does Your Child Hear and Talk?
Every child is unique, but it can be helpful to consider the age at which most children accomplish certain speech skills. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association provides information about typical speech development from birth to age 5. Also available in Spanish.

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Childhood apraxia of speech is a disorder of the nervous system that affects the ability to sequence and say sounds, syllables, and words. This blog on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website discusses the signs and symptoms of apraxia.

Important Speech Milestones
This article on the Scholastic website helps parents know what to expect based on their child’s age (0 to 3).


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
This organization strives to make communication achievable by all.

Published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this organization provides information related to children’s health.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
This organization provides information, research, and trainings related to deafness and other communication disorders.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association
This organization strives to strengthen support systems for children with apraxia.

Additional Resource(s)

First Words: a Parent’s Step-by-Step Guide to Helping a Child with Speech and Language Delays.
Barbara Levine Offenbacher.
Rowman & Littlefield, 2013

Let’s Talk Together: Home Activities for Early Speech & Language Development
Cory Poland.
Talking Child, 2008