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A child's failure to reach speech and language milestones as expected
may be a "red flag," or warning, meaning a speech and language development
problem. If your child does not reach developmental milestones on schedule, it
does not necessarily mean there is a problem. But he or she should be
evaluated by a health professional.
Language delays include problems understanding what is heard or
read (receptive language delays) or problems putting words together to form
meaning (expressive language delays). Some children have both speech and
Red flags for a speech or language delay include:
Also, talk to your health professional anytime you or another
caregiver has concerns about your child's speech and language development or
other problem that affects your child's speech or understanding of language,
Other red flags include:
Other Works Consulted
Andrews JS, Fieldman HM (2011). Language delay. In CD Rudolph et al., eds., Rudolph's Pediatrics, 22nd ed., pp. 331–334. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Current as of:
December 21, 2012
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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