When can my baby first understand me?
Long before your baby utters his first word, he's learning the rules of language. That’s why talking to your baby from the beginning is so important. Keep in mind that your voice may also mean “comfort” for your young one. Many researchers believe a baby begins to know the sound of her parent’s voice while still in utero.
My baby is not talking yet, how can I tell if her speech is on track?
See “A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Speech,” for an easy-to-use “Communication Checklist for Birth to Age Five.” (Click here for a link.) Even babies as young as 7 months can understand some words. Babies start using their first words at about 12 months of age. It’s never too early to check and see if your baby’s speech is on track.
My child started to use words but now he’s stopped. Should I be concerned?
Yes, this might be a signal that your child’s speech needs attention. To be safe, contact your speech language pathologist at Sunrise Resources (250-286-0955) and have your child checked. The earlier speech difficulties are caught, the easier they are to correct.
I’m the only one who can understand my 4-year-old daughter’s talk. Should I have her checked?
Yes, be sure to contact your speech language pathologist at Sunrise Resources (250-286-0955) and have your child screened. Because parents are so accustomed to their child’s speech, they may not notice that their child can’t say certain sounds and regularly says things like “ea-ut" for “peanut.”
For more information on your child’s speech:
- Contact the speech language pathologists at Sunrise Resources for Early Childhood Development in Campbell River at 250-286-0955.
- Contact audiologist Nancy Tremel at the Courtenay Public Health Unit 250-338-6555.
- Contact the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists 1-800-259-8519 or visit www.caslpa.ca for the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Guide: A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Speech, or
- Parents of school age children can access speech-language pathology services through their child's teacher.
Thank you to Gayle MacLean, Layne Hammond, Suzanne MacDonald, Nancy Tremel and School District 72 Student Services for their expertise in helping develop the “Your Child’s Speech” pages.