Signs of Speech and Language Delays in Infants Birth to 18 Months

Signs of Speech and Language Delays in Infants Birth to 18 Months

The first stages of speech development involve behavior cues such as looking at or turning toward sound, meeting a caregiver’s gaze, and making babbling noises. As the baby continues to develop, she will begin to mimic the movements and sounds of others around her. Around the age of twelve months, a baby begins to learn that his caregivers have associated specific sounds with objects and people. He begins to utter words such as da-da, ma-ma, and ba for bottle.

During this period, delays may be a concern if the child:

  • has limited eye contact or does not respond to sounds in her environment;
  • does not babble or make buzzing, bubbly noises with lips;
  • does not respond to sing song play with others;
  • does not appear to listen or be concerned with words of caregivers or siblings;
  • Does not make common gestures such as pointing toward a wanted object, waving bye or in greeting;
  • Appears uncomfortable, crying often in a whining manner

 

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