While it is true that children show some variation in language acquisition, it is also true that a skilled SLP can usually identify children who may need extra support in the areas of speech and language skills. The earlier you intervene and get your kiddo the support they need, the sooner they can feel heard, seen, acknowledged, and understood by others. My philosophy: “when in doubt, rule it out.” Do not wait and see, instead, be proactive and book a consultation today
Let me first start by saying I am not a huge fan of milestones as a rule book, as I think they bring unnecessary stress and worry, but I do love them as a guide to help up support our children. Typically, by 12 months of age: your child has anywhere between 1-14 words, by 18 months: anywhere between 10-170 words, by age 2: anywhere between 50-440 words, and by age 3: anywhere between 250-1000+ words. You can see that the ranges vary and that from age 2-3 there is a huge jump in vocabulary as the brain is rapidly expanding and developing at this time. Early intervention is so important so if you suspect your child is behind with their speech and language milestones, contact us today.
Using information from our consultation, screening, parent questionnaire, review of prior records, and any evaluation that we may have done, your child’s therapist(s) will create goals based on your child’s strengths and areas of need. First, we create a treatment plan which we will review together, creating goals that are individualized for your kiddo. Then, we monitor these goals throughout the sessions and through 3 and/or 6 month progress reports. We will track your kiddo’s progress every step of the way and make any adjustments when needed.
At Valued Voices, we treat your child, not their label. Labels themselves are not bad; it’s all in how you see it. We believe children with Autism simply see the world from a particularly unique perspective. We see that unique outlook as a gift. If you suspect your child may have Autism and are looking for a formal diagnosis, we have a wonderful network of professionals to help support you in this process.
Typically, a 1-2 year old is 50% intelligible to unfamiliar listeners, a 3-4 year old about 75-80% intelligible to unfamiliar listeners, and about 100% intelligible to unfamiliar listeners by the time they reach 5.