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Speech and Language
Development - Milestones
Speech Delay - Warning Signs
|4 to 6 months
- watches your face with interest
when you talk
- tries to "talk" with
- enjoys "talking" with
you, smiles at you
- coos and squeals for attention
- has a special cry when hungry
- are any of the above behaviors
- Mirrors are a
wonderful tool at this age. Sit in front of a mirror with your baby or hold
one so your baby can look into it Use 'parentese' and ask "Who is that
baby?"....wave at the baby or make faces and see how she laughs and
- Play "where's the
toy" with baby. Take a hand towel or scarf and cover up a toy. Ask "where's
the toy?" Then uncover it. This teaches a concept called 'object
permanence'. Object permanence allows your baby to understand that just
because she can't see something doesn't mean it isn't there.
- Mimic any sounds your
baby makes. This encourages more vocalizations. These are also the sounds
that will turn into words.
- If your baby begins
making words, take these words and elongate on them. For example...if the
baby says "mama", you might say "Yes I'm your momma".
This encourages taking turns and is the beginning of a conversation.
- Again, body parts is a
wonderful concept to begin teaching. You can make up a rhyme and sing it to
him. Such as "Tap, tap, tap, on my baby's nose, tap, tap, tap, on my
to 1st birthday
Development and Milestones - Index
Early detection of difficulties
at any age can make learning to talk easier. If your child shows any of
the warning signs listed for his or her age group, please contact the
Speech-Language Pathologist at your Local Health Unit for more information.