When do speech and language skills begin to develop?
Infants start learning in the womb, where they hear and respond to familiar voices. From the time babies are born, they start communicating.
Very early life, babies learn to understand what their parents are saying, and they start to make sounds of their own. Soon, your child will begin to develop speech and language skills that will help him/her make friends, learn to read and later, succeed at school and in life.
What helps a child learn speech and language?
Children learn the sounds of language by listening to their parents and imitating what they hear.
You have a big role in helping your child learn speech and language. Talking and reading to your child will have a big effect on how well he/she is able to communicate later in life.
My child is not talking, should I be worried?
Although there are normal language development stages, these are only approximate. Keep in mind that babies, toddlers, and children achieve different skills at different times.
However, early detection and treatment of speech and language delays are important. If your child is late to talk and his/her speech is not understandable to strangers by the time he/she is three years of age, or if language development doesn’t improve, you may wish to arrange for a speech and language assessment. These are conducted by registered professionals known as speech and language pathologists and audiologists.