Speech and Language Delay | Overview


How do I know if my child has speech delay?

Every child develops at his or her own pace. But if your child doesn't talk as much as most children of the same age, the problem may be speech delay. Your doctor may think your child has speech delay if he or she isn't able to do these things:

  • Say simple words (such as "mama") either clearly or unclearly by 12 to 15 months of age
  • Understand simple words (such as "no" or "stop") by 18 months of age
  • Talk in short sentences by 3 years of age
  • Tell a simple story at 4 to 5 years of age


Evaluation and Management of the Child with Speech Delay by AKC Leung, M.B.B.S. and C Pion Kao, M.D. (American Family Physician June 01, 1999, http://www.aafp.org/afp/990600ap/3121.html)

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 06/99