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.