We provide speech therapy to any individual regardless of age. Our therapists are able to perform evaluations and provide ongoing therapy services to those who qualify.
Referrals for speech therapy services can come from parents, guardians, and/or physicians.
We accept private pay and can work with most insurance companies as well as The Division of Developmental Disabilities.
When referring to what’s “normal” speech and language development for children, the age at which kids learn language and start talking can vary. See the article links below for developmental checklists based on a child’s age. In most cases babies will be happily saying “mama” and “dada” before they turn one year old. Toddlers will usually be able to say 20 words or so by the time they’re 18 months. After this age, it can sometimes be difficult to determine if a child is on the right developmental track.
Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help parents figure out if there’s cause for concern or if their child is right on schedule.
Speech and Language Are Different
- Speech is the verbal expression of language and includes articulation (the way sounds and words are formed).
- Language is the entire system of giving and getting information in a meaningful way. It’s understanding and being understood through communication — verbal, nonverbal, and written.
What Are Speech or Language Delays?
Speech and language problems differ, but often overlap. For example:
- A child with a language delay might pronounce words well but only be able to put two words together.
- A child with a speech delay might use words and phrases to express ideas but be difficult to understand.
When Do Kids Develop Speech and Language Skills?
The stages of speech and language development are the same for all kids, but the age at which kids develop them can vary a lot.
During routine well-child checkups, doctors look to see if kids have reached developmental milestones at these ages in the checklists below.
Child Development Checklists and Developmental Sequences
If you would like more information on what may or may not be normal development, please visit our Speech and Communication Development Checklist page.