May is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) and we would like to provide you with some additional information and resources about communication disorders and watching for milestones in your young children.

One of the Speech-Language Pathologists at URS suggests you watch for these developmental milestones in your children:

1.  Most children speak their first words by age 1 and use two word phrases by age 2.
2. Children who have chronic ear infections are at risk for delayed language.
3. During age 1-2 your child should be saying more words each week.
4. Your child should be able to say 50 words by age 2.
5. By age 4, you should be able to understand almost everything your child says.
6.  Early intervention enhances the development of children at biological risk for developmental delay.
7. If you are worried about your child’s speech and language skills, ask your doctor about a speech evaluation.
For more information about Speech Therapy Services at URS, please call 937-853-5431.
For more resources about Hearing and Speech, visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s website by clicking here.  They have multiple resources highlighting BHSM’s Weekly Focuses including Communication Milestones and Early Identification of Disorders, Hearing Loss in School-Aged Kids, Swallowing Disorders in Adults and Older Americans & Falls.