Child Speech Development

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Speech Development in Children



There are wide variations on the age at which speech begins and in the stages of speech development.

It is important to remember that it takes five years for speech to become fluent and grammatical.

If you are worried, then see your doctor who will be able to eliminate abnormalities in physical development of the mouth and the larynx which are rare.

The commonest cause for severely delayed speech is deafness.

It is not uncommon for some children to be slow talkers for the first three years of life and then in the fourth year to suddenly come forth with complete and intelligible sentences much to everyone’s amazement. Most children begin with ‘mammas’ and ‘daddas’ in the first year or so of life.

In adult life we all vary in our ability to talk particularly publicly, so be patient with your child in these early years of speech development.

If your child is slow to speak, poor hearing may be the problem. Frequent colds and ear infections cause deafness which can prevent the child developing its own speech program. An alert parent can sense that the child is not responding to simple noises, to music, to voices, the doorbell, play bell and T.V. noises. Perhaps it does not take notice when you enter the room or respond when you raise your voice. If you suspect a hearing problem, then see your doctor and/or have your child’s hearing checked. Many causes of deafness in children of this age are reversible and speech then goes ahead in leaps and bounds.

By the end of the first year sounds like ‘dadda’ and ‘mamma’ will be apparent. In the second year they are using unintelligible speech of their own which gradually becomes apparent to the mother or those in close contact.

By about the end of three years probably they can repeat things adults say and talk to both themselves and others.

During the fourth year and into the fifth year most children can tell quite long stories, intelligible but exited and with some difficulty with certain words.

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- Bed Wetting or Nocturnal Enuresis. - Breast or Bottle Feeding.
- Chicken Pox (Varicella). - Childhood Immunization/Vaccination
- Convulsions in Childhood. - Croup.
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF). - Deafness in Childhood.
- Diarrhoea and Vomiting. - Downs Syndrome.
- Dyslexia. - Fever in Infants.
- German Measles (Rubella). -Heart Murmurs
-Heat Exhaustion in Children.-Hyperactivity in Childhood.
-Impetigo.-Measles.
-Meningitis.-Mumps.
-Nappy Rash.-Normal Development (Baby Care).
-Speech Development in Children-Spina Bifida.
-Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or Cot Death.-Teething.
-Your Baby Won't Sleep.-Whooping Cough (Pertussis)


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