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Speech and language development can raise many questions for parents trying to figure out if their child is reaching milestones or if they may need extra support with their speech. This can cause a lot of worry and stress for parents as they try to determine what is considered typical at different ages. Speech-Language pathologist Melissa Minney is joining me today to discuss common speech concerns parents have.
Melissa Minney is a speech-language pathologist, mommy of 3, and the founder of Raising Little Talkers. She teaches parents of babies and toddlers how to get their child to talk during their everyday interactions at home. She is obsessed with educating parents–not only to catch their child up, but to prevent delays before they start.
Melissa and I talk about foundational language skills that you can look out for if your toddler isn’t using words yet, how parents can make a difference at home, and stuttering during childhood. We also discuss some of the most common speech issues Melissa sees in early childhood, what sounds develop later, and much more.
In this episode, we discuss:
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What basic foundational language skills do you look for when a toddler isn’t using any words yet?
Is it normal for a 9 month old to not babble yet? Is this cause for worry? How can you encourage this baby to start babbling?
What are the most common issues that you see arise throughout early childhood, as far as speech development and articulation?
What are the most difficult sounds that you commonly see?
When should parents get an eval when their child can’t make the “r” sound versus just wait and see?
What is the average age for children to be talking in string sentences, just multiple words at once, like asking a question or just telling us something?
What should we be looking out for in our own kids that might be a sign that we need to seek a speech and language evaluation?
Can parents really make a difference at home? If so, how?
Are there any specific songs or nursery rhymes that we can use with our kids?
What tips do you have on how you can use your magnet tiles at home to help with speech and language?
Can stuttering be common in the younger years? When should I worry? When should I get speech therapy?