What to look for in a child to determine a need for SLP

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Birth to 3 Months – Doesn’t smile or interact with others
4 to 7 Months – Doesn’t babble
7 to 12 Months – Makes few sounds, does not use gestures (waving, pointing)
7 Months to 2 Years – Doesn’t understand what others say
12 to 18 Months – Says only a few words
1 to 2 Years – Says p,b,m,h and w incorrectly in words
1 ½ to 3 Years – Doesn’t put words together to make sentences
2 to 3 Years –
Has trouble playing and talking with other children
problems with early reading and writing skills (no interest in books or drawing)
Says k, g, f, t, d and n incorrectly in words
Repeats first sounds of words – “b-b-b-b-ball”
Stretches out sounds – “f-f-f-f—farm”
Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people
Pauses a lot while speaking
Struggles to say sounds or words
Uses a hoarse or breathy voice
Uses a nasal-sounding voice