Red Flags in Communication Development
This list provides some warning signs parents can refer to when observing their child's communication development. It may help support parents when trying to decide if they need to seek professional advice regarding their young child's speech, language and social skill development. ‘Act Early’ and talk to a specialist if you have concerns about your child’s communication, play and/or general development and learning. Most importantly trust you instinct as a parent - if you are worried your child's communication skills aren't as strong as other children their age seek further support from a specialist. Speech Pathologists specialise in supporting children who have difficulties in their communication development. The earlier the support is provided, the more likely it is for your child to be able to overcome the difficulties they're having. If you do have any concerns regarding your child's speech, language or feeding development I would be pleased to support you.
- Doesn't follow simple directions.
- Doesn't use at least 6 consonant sounds
- No interest in looking at picture books.
- Not attempting to imitate or copy sounds or words.
- Using less than 10 words by 18 months and less than 50 words by 24 months.
- Not attempting to put words together by 24 months.
- Doesn't tend to look at familiar family members faces when being spoken to.
- Poor eye contact and decreased interest in social interactions.
- Doesn't hear well or difficulties discriminating between sounds.
- Doesn't point and show parents objects or things of interest and doesn't look when parent points to something of interest.