The ability to hear is essential for proper speech and language development. Hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not developing their language skills appropriately. The following are some age-related guidelines that may help to decide if your child is experiencing hearing problems.
It is important to remember that not every child is the same. Children reach milestones at different ages. Talk your child's healthcare provider if you are suspicious that your child is not developing speech and language skills correctly. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and other experts list the following age-appropriate speech and language milestones for babies and young children.
Online Source: Birth to 1 Year, American Speech-Language-Hearing Associationhttp://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/01.htm
Online Source: One to Two Years, American Speech-Language-Hearing Associationhttp://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/12.htm
Online Source: Two to Three Years, American Speech-Language-Hearing Associationhttp://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/23.htm
Online Source: Four to Five Years, American Speech-Language-Hearing Associationhttp://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/45.htm
Online Source: What is Language? What is Speech? American Speech-Language-Hearing Associationhttp://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/language_speech.htm
Online Source: Speech and Language Milestones, National Institute of Healthhttps://www.nidcd.nih.gov/sites/default/files/Documents/health/voice/NIDCD-Speech-Language-Dev-Milestones.pdf
Online Editor: Geller, Arlene
Online Medical Reviewer: Kacker, Ashutosh, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Kolbus, Karin, RN, DNP, COHN-S
Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2016
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