"Red Flags" for Communication Problems in Children
Melinda L. Richards, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
"Red Flags" for Hearing Problems: "All children babble, including deaf babies "
“Red Flags” between 6-8 months, stop babbling!
Possibility: significant hearing impairment. This infant needs an audiological evaluation ASAP.
"Red Flags" for Speech
First year: hearing must be intact Discuss: Positive for ear infections prior to 1st birthday?
Lots of ear infections or sinus pressure issues can cause speech delays due to hearing issues.
"Red Flags" for Language - Children who don't use their words to make requests, only rely on pointing or throwing fits.
By 18 months, SHOULD be starting to combine words and use words together. Should no longer be using just one word or pointing.
"Red Flag” - Children who point and grunt to make requests.
"Red Flag" Children who use IRREGULAR past/plural before REGULAR form MAY be showing an auditory processing problem (CAPD)
"Red Flags" for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD): " Children with autism usually exhibit at least half of the traits listed below. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and vary in intensity from symptom to symptom. In addition, the behavior usually occurs across many different situations and is consistently inappropriate for their age.
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