The early stages of your baby’s speech and language development.
Speech development in babies really starts to pick up by the time they reach a year with babies babbling – that is, repeating sounds like “ma, ma, ma” or “da, da, da”, or they may be speak in jargon, a mixture of many sounds that resembles a language all its own. If your baby isn’t doing any of this, you’ll want to point that out to her doctor, explains speech and language pathologist Donna Seedorf Harmouth.
“If before a child’s first birthday they are not making a lot of different sounds, a lot of babbling and jargoning, I would recommend that the parent have them assessed by the family doctor because there could be a lot of things going on. For example they might have ear infections, or they might have generally low muscle tone that with a little exercises they could be getting stronger. And general health too, if they’ve been run down or had colds and the flu, then this can affect their speech and language development.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is language pathologist Donna Seedorf Harmouth. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.