Parenting Doesn’t Come with an Instruction Manual
I love being a mom! I don’t know that I can even completely explain in words the feelings that motherhood has given me. It is such a wonderful, crazy, satisfying, and tiring experience! I often find myself wondering if I am doing the right things and making the best choices when it comes to my children. I know many parents share these same thoughts, especially when it comes to speech and language development. How do I make big decisions knowing that my family can be impacted by them? I just trust my gut.
I have spoken with many parents regarding their concerns of their child’s communication development. I share a little bit about what we can expect given their child’s age, but conclude many of these conversations with the idea that it is never a bad idea to seek a more comprehensive evaluation to address any worries.
There are many resources available to learn more about speech and language developmental milestones. I am going to share one taken from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Who is ASHA?
The American Speech and Language Hearing Association, commonly referred to as ASHA, is the national organization of speech therapists and audiologists. From ASHA.org:
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 218,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students.
The following list outlines the speech and language skills that children are expected to have by certain ages. You can download the list by clicking the link below:
If you’re concerned your child has a language delay, you can learn more about language delay and disorder here.
Please feel free to get in touch with me, or speak with your child’s pediatrician if you continue to have any concerns about your child’s speech and language development.
Julianne is a licensed speech therapist and founder of GO Therapy. Mother of two kids (sometimes three when her husband decides to join the club), and is excited to serve the Las Vegas and Henderson communities!