In our effort to help our son learn to communicate, we have gone through so many researches and all sorts of materials on speech and communication. One interesting topic that caught my attention is Articulation Development.
There are children more advance than others and can say a few words at 6 months.
There are those who learn to speak and articulate according to standard progression.
There are those who are late but can catch up later on.
There are those who don’t progress or have stopped progressing at all.
When your child is not speaking “normally” like other children, we say he or she is delayed but will soon catch up with children of the same age later.
That’s the kind of lie parents normally tell themselves.
What happens if they don’t?
We don’t realize that it might already be too late to help them.
It’s clear that parents have to really look into their child’s progress in speech or articulation skills. Together with other factors, if a child is delayed in this area, it’s one indicator of having global developmental delay.
When do children start to develop articulation and speech skills?
Children develop articulation and speech skills starting at BIRTH. That’s according to Katie Yeh, a pediatric speech pathologist.
The chart shows the sound/letters that a child should have mastered at a certain age/no of years. Of course, there are slight discrepancies in these studies as children develop differently. However, some researches have come to a common conclusion that:
There is somewhat of a developmental sequence to when children master speech sound productions.
What are the signs if my child has articulation and speech delay?
In order for you to know if your child has speech delay or not, we suggest a few things:
- Check the chart to know if there are many sounds that he or she cannot accurately produce.
- Check guides on your child’s speech milestones
- If the child cannot articulate or has many error on or after age 3, you are encouraged to check with a developmental pediatrician and/or speech pathologist.
It might not have kicked in yet
Often times and unless the problem is apparent, we parents are in denial.
If your child is having speech and articulation problems, there is no other way to help than to act fast.
It might be the only thing that can make the difference.
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