Speech is one of the most unique traits possessed by human beings. It is also incredibly complex. There are over 6,500 unique languages in the world. Although each of these languages are different, the steps of speech development are universal worldwide. By learning some of the significant milestones you can monitor your child’s speech development. There are also steps you can take to help nurture and develop speech skills!
Earliest Elements of Speech
It is going to take a year or so before your child utters its first word, but it will start trying to communicate with you from the moment it is born. From birth, through the first three months of life, your child will communicate primarily with cooing and crying. During the four to six month period the most rudimentary elements of speech begin to form. This is when your child will start to make p, b, and m sounds. It will also being to chuckle and laugh. In the final stage of infancy, during the period of time leading up to the first birthday, children start imitating speech sounds. They also start group distinct sounds together while babbling.
This is when speech development really takes off. Your child should start saying more and more words every month. They will also start putting words together in simple sentences like, “Where dog”, or “Me hungry.” Children also have a lot of fun experimenting with words and sounds. It is normal to hear them add consonants sounds to the beginnings and ends of words. If all of this sounds familiar, it is likely your child is well on its way to communicating and speaking clearly.
What you can do to help
The best thing you can do to help your child is to constantly communicating with him or her. Repeat words, make eye-contact, and imitate sounds. Reinforce good communication behavior. You can even narrate your simple daily actions to keep up the constant flow of speech. They more your child is involved in speech and communication, the faster those skills will develop.