By: Mandy Griffin, MS, CCC-SLP
Parents seek the advice of Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) when there is concern that their child isn’t talking. There are several early communication skills that SLPs observe well before a child’s first words appear. These skills emerge shortly after birth and continue to develop beyond their first birthday.
What skills should emerge in the early phases of development?
Early sounds begin with babbling. Repetitive syllables like “dada” tend to show up first. Soon, they are followed by varying syllables like “daddy.” The earliest sounds to emerge are typically: /p, b, m, n, w, h/
How can these skill be facilitated?
What if these early communication skills aren’t emerging?