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.
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