Speech and Development in Children

Speech and language delays can be impactful on future development of children as well as their social development. Behaviors should be adopted to help reduce the negative effects of hearing impairment and improve overall health.  The first three years of life are the most intensive period for speech and language development. Children have the best development when they are exposed to a sound, sight, and language rich environment. 

Research has outlined major milestones that children should be meeting at different stages of the language development: 

·       From 4-6 months of age, children should be engaging in vocal play and babble sounds. 

·       7-12 months, children should be babbling consonant-vowel combinations with increasing variety. 

·       12-20 months, children should be pointing to objects that are named and recognize their own name. Children should use single words with more than 10-20 words by 18 months. 


If you ever have concerns about your child’s language development, avenues such as consulting your child’s doctor or visiting a speech/language pathologist can be beneficial. Services are available in Delaware County such as the Audiology and Speech-Language Clinic at Ball State to aid with concerns. 

The Healthy Lifestyle Center is available for consultation about concerns and will work to educate and provide the best referrals for future services. 

By Allison Blake

Sources: Health Information. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/; https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwiCtrj-84DcAhVSKH0KHfetCSwQjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.ca%2Fpin%2F204069426842181225%2F&psig=AOvVaw2dNfMvh85dJK5yFV7Z2sfx&ust=1530635517733491. Photo by Ashton Bingham on Unsplash