What Should I Look For?

Some Developmental Warning Signs for Children 0 to 12 Months

  •      Avoids eye contact
  •      Does not respond appropriately to “no-no”
  •      Rarely babbles, is unusually quiet
  •      Does not respond to whispered speech consistently
  •      Shows little interest in imitating gestures such as “bye-bye”
  •      Cries often without changing pitch or intensity
  •      Shows little emotion

Some Developmental Warning Signs for Children 12 To 18 Months

  •       Avoids eye contact
  •       Does not say “ma-ma” or “da-da” in a meaningful way
  •       Is unable to point to common body parts when asked
  •       Does not understand 50 to 75 words
  •       Is unable to follow a simple one-step direction such as, “Go get the cup,” unless accompanied by a gesture
  •       Does not imitate words
  •       Does not use three to twenty words
  •       Difficulty drinking from a cup

Some Developmental Warning Signs for Children 18 To 24 Months

  •       Avoids eye contact
  •       Tunes out other people frequently
  •       Demonstrates or experiences a loss of skills
  •       Does not respond to two part commands such as, “Get the doll and put it in the bed.”
  •       Difficulty identifying labeled pictures
  •       Is quiet most of the time
  •       Rarely attempts to imitate or produce words
  •       Does not have a wide range of single words (between 100 to 200 words)
  •       Is not interested in talking

Some Developmental Warning Signs for Children 24 To 36 Months

  •       Avoids eye contact
  •       Difficulty singing songs
  •       Difficulty imitating parts of simple nursery rhymes
  •       Difficulty naming common objects
  •       Does not put short two or three word phrases together
  •       Difficulty sitting and attending to a book or movie
  •       Difficult to understand when talking
  •       Drools
  •       Feeding differences: Does not like firmer textures in food

Some Developmental Warning Signs for Children 3 to 5 Years

  •       Speaks differently from other children of the same age
  •       Difficult to understand
  •       Difficulty maintaining eye contact when listening or speaking
  •       Disinterested or detached from other children when playing
  •       Makes noises or uses gestures to express needs instead of using words or sentences
  •       Difficulty comprehending directions or following conversations
  •       Watches what others are doing to follow a direction
  •       Speaks in short phrases instead of complete sentences
  •       Leaves out words such as, “ìs” or “the” (Mommy eating cookie)
  •       Leaves off endings such as, “ing” (Daddy play with ball)

Characteristics of Children with Receptive Language Problems

  •       Difficulty following directions
  •       Difficulty understanding the point of a discussion
  •       Difficulty listening to and understanding stories
  •       Poor conversational skills; turn-taking nature of communication is challenged
  •       Limited vocabulary and understanding of concepts
  •       Watches others to ensure they are doing the right thing

Characteristic of Children with Expressive Language Problems

  •       Poor grammar, such as problems with pronouns she, he, her, him, his
  •       Difficulty asking and answering questions
  •       Cannot find the precise words to explain and describe
  •       Describes using vague language
  •       Poor vocabulary