Speech Development and Delays

About this resourceReviewed: 2017

IEL Resources

Web Resources

  • How I Communicate
    This tip sheet 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.
  • Moments That Matter: Talking with Your Baby
    This tip sheet provided by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse offers fun and easy ways to keep young children talking. 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).
  • Parents’ Guide to Language Delays and Speech Disorders in Children
    This Baylor University site provides information on speech and language milestones, risk factors, and describes the benefits of early intervention speech therapy.