Reply to Speech and Developmental Delay at 20 months

Pediatricians should be giving screenings like the Denver or Ages and Stages Questionnaire. And that's where it seems as simple as, does he have 6 words. When you meet with the speech therapist, physical therapist and/or occupational therapist, they will give an exam and recommend treatment. They look for a lot more than 6 words. Tongue movement, sound formation, pointing, nonverbal communication. And usually require a hearing test too. My son started speech therapy at 20 months. I thought it was worthwhile. His speech improved and I appreciated the advice and the hour of entertainment too.