Do you feel your child might be struggling with a speech impediment? Our number one NYC pediatric speech therapist, Dr. Stacy Miller, has years of experience in the field and is here to offer her expertise in informing you about some warning signs to look out for. Signs of speech problems differ based on the age of your child. For infants up to six months old, some common symptoms of a speech problem include problems with feeding, lack of eye contact, lack of or no response to sound, lack of interest in speech or making sounds, limited vocalizations from the child, developmental problems, medical problems, difficulties with attachment, and a lack of interest in socialization.
For the next age range of about six to twelve months, the signs include those mentioned for the prior age range plus: limited sound production, using groping movements when trying to make sounds or imitate sounds, excessive drooling, trouble eating solid foods, and lack of interest in toys that make sounds. For children aged one year to a year and a half, their symptoms will include those mentioned before plus being easily distracted, and struggling to understand words or directions given to them. Children older than those age ranges may also exhibit symptoms such as: not using words some of the time in order to communicate with others, not wanting to imitate, not wanting to play games, not combining words, only using nouns, not increasing their vocabulary as they grow older, not using “I” to refer to themselves, and more. If you notice any of these symptoms (for a full listing broken down by age range, please visit our full site) in your child, be sure to contact our NYC pediatric speech therapist. Dr. Miller will work with you and your child directly in order to properly diagnose the problem and tackle it accordingly.