Whilst there are many development milestones a parent will look for in their newborn child, speech is perhaps one they focus on more than others. If they have concerns about their child’s speech development, it is a speech therapists who they may turn to for advice or help if necessary.
One point we must make at the outset is that whilst there are general guidelines as to a child’s development, it is essential to know that no two children will develop at the same rate and in the same way. In other words, if a friend or relative’s child of the same age can recognize their name or has said their first word before yours does, that does not mean your child has a problem, but rather that the other child could be developing faster.
That being said, it does help for you to be aware of the recognized speech development milestones you should be looking for in your child. These speech developmental behaviors will indicate if your child’s speech and language development are on track or whether they may need some help from a speech pathologist if they are not achieving specific speech behaviors by a certain age.