Do you have a difficult time understanding what your child says?
Does your preschooler’s speech sound robotic and lack pitch variation?
When your child repeats a word, does he or she pronounce the word differently each time?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may have a motor speech disorder called Childhood Apraxia of Speech or CAS. The Childhood Apraxia Association of North America estimates that 3-5% of preschoolers are affected by CAS. CAS is a motor planning problem and not weakness, paresis, or paralysis of the speech muscles. Please visit my post at EverydayFamily.com to learn more about The 5 Characteristics of Childhood Apraxia.
Life has gotten incredibly hectic these past few weeks, with no slowing down. I am currently writing three blog posts a week for Everyday Family, so am trying to work out a good schedule to post around here. I hope to get a new speech and language post up next week on Childhood Voice Disorders, but in the meantime here is one of my favorite posts from the past.
Around the age of 12 months (sometimes earlier and sometimes later) your child will say his or her first word. It’s an exciting milestone and one you will never forget. As your child continues to pick up more and more words each month, it is fun to keep track of their language development. Do you often say to yourself, “I really need to write down stuff that my kid says so I can remember it for later!”? Well I have the answer for you! Keep organized and on top of your child’s language development from 12 months to 4 years of age with this easy language tracking tool.
Maybe your more concerned about your child’s speech sounds. If so, check out my speech sound development printable. Did you know that …
As a general guideline your child should be evaluated by a Speech-Language Pathologist if by …
Age 1 your child’s speech is NOT intelligible 25% of the time
Age 2 your child’s speech is NOT intelligible 50% of the time
Age 3 your child’s speech is NOT intelligible 75% of the time
Age 4 your child’s speech is NOT intelligible 100% of the time
If you are concerned about your child’s speech or language development it may be time to have him or her evaluate by a Speech-Language Pathologist. Visit my post on How to Locate a Speech-Language Pathologist for more information.