Speech/Language Warning Signs

  • Does not babble or attempt to talk by one year of age
  • No words produced consistently by 16 months
  • Delayed development of vocabulary, concepts and grammar
  • Absent pointing by one year of age
  • Does not talk or uses more gestures than words by 2 years of age
  • Speech and Language is different from children of the same age
  • Limited sound repertoire
  • Leaving off first sound of a word
  • Inconsistent sound errors
  • Speech is difficult for strangers to understand
  • Increased frustration during communication attempts
  • Increased need for repetition for response to commands, questions
  • Decreased/lack of appropriate play skills
  • Randomly says a word accurately, then doesn’t use it again
  • Decreased interest in social situations by age 24 months
  • Decreased eye contact
  • Delayed response time
  • Decreased need to communicate wants and needs to others
  • Lack of imitation skills
  • Difficulty with transitions
  • Perseverative or repetitive behaviors
  • Loss of skills previously mastered