Babies may not understand our words at first, but they understand our tone of voice, listen to our sounds and associate them with whatever they are experiencing at that moment (bath, feeding, play). Your baby is learning about the sounds (speech) that make words (language) when you talk to them.

Pathways of Speech and Language Development

5 steps for a child to learn how to develop speech and language

Recognizing Speech Delay

As infants grow into toddlers, they understand more words  than they use.

Sometimes parents and even health professionals may wait to see if a child will ‘grow out of it’, but many won’t. You can use the communication checklist to find the speech and language developmental milestones for your child (birth to age four) to help you decide if your child has a delay.

Early identification and treatment of speech and language delays will help your child prepare for junior kindergarten.