Speech and Language Development - Routine Checkups
well-child visits, the doctor uses various methods to test your child's development.
You'll often answer questions about whether your child has reached milestones
for his or her age. And the doctor will use your comments to assess your
child's speech and language development. If your child is suspected of having a
speech or language delay, the doctor will refer your child to a
speech-language pathologist to have
specific tests that measure nonverbal intelligence,
language skills, and vocabulary.
Hearing problems can be an
important cause of speech and language delays in children. For this reason,
hearing tests are an essential part of any suspected
speech and language developmental delay. Hearing problems that are caught and
treated within 6 months after birth may help prevent some developmental
problems, including those related to speech and language development.2
Online. 10,700 members. Founded 2000. Offers support and sharing of experiences for parents of children with positional plagiocephaly, a deformation of the skull. Website: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/plagiocephaly Verified: 3/30/2011
United States Preventive Services Task Force
recommends that all newborns be screened for hearing loss.3 Most newborns in the U.S. are screened for hearing loss
before leaving the hospital. Call your doctor if at any time you think your
child may have a hearing problem. Even if the newborn test did not show hearing
loss, hearing problems could arise.