Risk Indicators for a Speech-Language Delay in Children may include but are not limited to:


  • Parental concern
  • Low birth weight
  • Pre-maturity (less than 37 weeks)
  • Family history of speech, language and/or learning problems
  • Family history of congenital or progressive hearing loss
  • History of repeated and/or chronic ear infections
  • Not babbling by 9 months
  • By 10 months, the child is not pointing or using gestures such as waving hi/bye
  • Not responding to his/her name consistently by 12 months
  • No first words by 15 months
  • No consistent words by 18 months
  • No word combinations by 24 months
  • Slowed or stagnant speech development
  • Problems understanding your child’s speech at 24 months of age; strangers having problems understanding your child’s speech by 36 months of age.
  • Not showing an interest in communicating.