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Speech Sound Disorder Warning Signs

  • Makes errors or does not use p, b, m, h, w in words between 1-2 years old

  • Makes errors or does not use k, g, f, t, d, and n in words between 2-3 years old

  • Speech is unclear or difficult to understand, even to familiar people

Language Disorder Warning Signs

  • Does not smile or show interest in others

  • Does not babble between 4-8 months old

  • Makes only a few sounds or gestures between 8-12 months

  • Does not respond to what others say at 1-2 years old

  • Says less than 3 words at 18 months old

  • Does not put words together to make sentences at 18 months – 2 years

  • Words said are not easily understood by parents at 2 years old

  • Has trouble playing or being social with other kids at 2 years old

  • Struggles with early reading and writing skills at 3 years old

Stuttering Warning Signs

  • Repeats the first sound or syllable of a word (e.g. “b-b-b-bat”)

  • Stretches out sounds (e.g. “mmmmmmom”)

  • Pauses a lot while talking

Adult Speech and Language Disorder Warning Signs

  • Has trouble thinking of the correct word to say

  • Uses words in the wrong order

  • Pronounces words incorrectly

  • Talks in short or broken sentences

  • Talks about a subject without clearly communicating the idea

  • Has difficulty understanding others

  • Too slow or too fast rate of speech

  • Slurred or mumbled sp

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