May is Better Speech and Hearing Month!

Speech therapy for ADDEach May the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) celebrates Better Speech and Hearing Month, a campaign to raise public awareness of communication disorders and spread the word about how speech-language therapy and audiology services can help people to improve their communication and overall quality of life. This year’s campaign theme is Identify the Signs. The campaign aims to educate the public about the warning signs of different communication disorders. In support of Better Speech and Hearing Month, each week in May, Speech Associates of NY will dedicate a blog to educating the public about the warning signs of a different communication disorder. This week, we’ll begin with warning signs of childhood language and speech sound disorders:

Warning Signs of Childhood Language Disorders:

  • Does not smile or interact with others (birth and older)
  • Does not babble (4-7 months)
  • Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7-12 months)
  • Does not understand what others say (7 months-2 years)
  • Says only a few words (12-18 months)
  • Words are not easily understood (18 months-2 years)
  • Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5-3 years)
  • Has trouble playing and talking with other children (2-3 years)
  • Has trouble with early reading and writing skills (2.5-3 years)

Warning Signs of Childhood Speech-Sound Disorders:

  • Says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words (1-2 years)
  • Says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectly in words (2-3 years)
  • Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2-3 years)

Do you or someone you love have a communication disorder? Share your experience in the comments section below!

For information on our New York based Speech-Language Pathology services, please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212) 308-7725 or visit our website at and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!

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