It can be very difficult to know where your child's skills should be. Your parents, friends, and pediatrician might think your child is on target, but you might have a "gut feeling" that something is going on. (And the fact is that most children demonstrate "average" skills, ranging from the 16th to 84th percentile--what a huge range!) It also doesn't help that many developmental checklists and websites have inaccurate and varying information. This is a huge problem because we must know what's "typical" or "average" in order to accurately diagnose delayed or disordered skills.
ChitChat Therapies is passionate about educating parents, healthcare professionals, and educators about communication and feeding development. That's why we created this handout (if link doesn't work, please see the file below) with speech, language, and feeding norms. Here you will find accurate information of how average children of various ages are:
Again, these are "average" or "typical" skills--not on the lower or higher ends. The handout also includes "red flags" for communication development. These are big signs that parents should contact a speech-language pathologist for possible intervention.
If you have more follow-up questions or concerns, please contact ChitChat Therapies. We would be honored to listen to your concerns and help you along your journey.