Is Your Child Developing Early Speech Production?


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Language Development During the Early Infancy: At first glance, language development might appear to be a very slow process. Many parents mistakenly believe that babies learn from birth, through the repetition of words or phrases. This is not so. There is a lot of language development going on all throughout a baby’s life. Babies acquire language through association, imitation, phonological development, and interaction with their environment. If these early experiences are not developed and given good feedback, then the child’s language development can become blocked.

How Do You Know If You’re Going to Be Late? – Two factors go into determining how long language development takes. One is your age at the time of birth. The other is how you interact with others, both in and outside the womb. Babies who are premature can have speech sounds that are very different from those born a little later.

Language Development 18 Months

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How Do You Talk? – Eight months to three years is how long it takes for babies to start being able to speak, even if they are unable to say the words themselves. By three years, most babies will be able to make a clear, audible sound when saying the words “head”, “no”, “this”, “that”, etc. If they cannot refer soon enough, they will eventually stop talking altogether. Speech development 18 months to three years is quite a distance for an infant.

Do Your Words Make Sense? – At this point, you should have developed some vocabulary, and your speech sounds more sophisticated. However, many of your words will still be unfamiliar to you, and others will seem like they don’t really make sense. 18 months to three years is not a very long period of time, and you are not likely to remember all your words by this time. In fact, you may well find that you are making new ones all the time.

What is Your Speech Rate? – By this point, you should have developed a fairly clear speech pattern. However, you should not be approaching fluent speech speeds. You should be developing speech sounds at a normal rate, at around a word a second.

A Much Ado 

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Can You See Sound Chart? – You should be able to see the visual images on the speech recognition screen. The screen will show you the letters you are supposed to associate with certain sounds. The longer the letters, the louder you should make the sound. You should be able to see a 3-D illustration of the letters you are supposed to associate with different words in a sentence, and you should be able to speak the word in the context of the picture on the screen.

Can You Speak Spanish in sentences? – You should be developing sentences very quickly. At least by the end of the second month of language development, you should be able to speak a simple sentence. You may need to revise what you wrote in the previous paragraph, but you should be able to understand what you wrote on the paper without looking at the screen.

Bottom Line 

Can You Speak Spanish in sentences? – You should be developing sentences very quickly. At least by the end of the second month of early speech production, you should be able to speak a simple sentence. You may still need to revise what you wrote in the previous paragraph, but you should be able to understand what you wrote on the screen without looking at the screen. Unfortunately, if you still need more practice, you will not be able to speak Spanish sentences until the third month of language development. However, you can always start practicing on the Internet.

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