How can we help?
Can my deaf child learn to speak?
When should I get hearing aids for my baby?
Should my baby get cochlear implants?
Should I wait to see if my child speaks by the time they’re in kindergarten?
What can I do to help my deaf child learn to talk?
My baby has hearing technology that gives access to sound, isn’t that enough?
My child passed newborn screening, but now their language isn’t progressing. What can be the issue?
What are language development benchmarks?
In general, a baby/child should:
- By 12 months, use gestures such as pointing or waving bye-bye
- By 18 months:
- Prefer vocalization over gestures to communicate
- Imitate sounds
- Understand simple verbal requests
- By age 2:
- Produce words or phrases
- Use spoken language to communicate more than basic needs
- Be able to follow simple directions
- Speak with a voice that sounds “normal” (not raspy or nasal)
We’re getting home visits from our Early Intervention, is that enough?
Maybe, maybe not. How often are the visits? What is the professional background of your service provider? Does your child have access to sound, and is your family providing consistent and effective language support?
You could consider a listening and spoken language assessment to evaluate whether all elements are in place and your child is on track. The optimal window of language acquisition is birth to three, so be prepared to act while your child is young!
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