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The Cerebral Circuit

The CDC recently updated speech and language milestones. Unfortunately, these new milestones will likely result in a decrease in children receiving early intervention.

As a speech-language pathologist these new guidelines are extremely concerning.

If you are concerned about your child's speech and language development, ask questions, seek answers and contact a speech-language pathologist for more information.

*The reality milestones are taken from standardized speech-language assessments.

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Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is developmental disorder characterized by deficits in social skills and repetitive behaviors or interests, ASD may also impact speech, language and nonverbal communication skills. Individuals with ASD often have a different way of learning, moving, and paying attention According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 36 children in the United States today.

Autism is usually diagnosed between 2-3 years of age. If your child is showing some of the above early signs your child may need a more in depth evaluation by a developmental pediatrician, neurologist, or child psychologist.

Research shows that early intervention services are critical and can greatly improve a child’s development. In order to make sure your child reaches their full potential, it is important to start services as soon as possible.

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A child's speech may be delayed if they have not mastered the listed sounds by the given ages. It should be noted children can develop these sounds before the given ages.

Toy Recommendations for Early Intervention

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Interacting with your child through play is crucial for their speech and language development. These are some of our favorite toys to use in speech therapy.

  • Interactive Books

  • Ball and Car Ramps

  • Tunnels and Sensory Toys

  • Farms

  • Vehicles

  • Bubbles

  • Puzzles

  • Counting Surprise Party

  • Mr. Potato Head

  • Velcro Play Food

  • Critter Clinic

It is important to make barriers for your child to create opportunities for them to make requests, label, and encourage language acquisition.

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There are many different ways to encourage speech and language development with your child. Above are some recommended ways to continue to encourage your child's speech and language development at home to help generalize the skills learned in therapy.


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