Signs Of Speech Delay In Toddler

Speech Delay Toddler

When you have a baby you start dreaming  of the moment your baby calls you ‘mama’ or ‘dada’. So when you don’t get that the moment you expect for them to say it, you start getting worried. You start asking yourself “ is it just speech delay or autism, many other things start coming to your mind. 

Although only your doctor can diagnose your toddler. There are a few signs that you can look out for.

Parents sometimes get worried thinking their child is autistic because they can’t talk. And that isn’t always the case, even though communication challenges are a part of autism, it is easy to get those two mixed up. 

Let’s remember that not all toddlers with speech delay have autism. 

Please remember that I am not a doctor and don’t take this as medical advice.
Everything that I am talking about is from my own personal experience.
If you suspect or see any of these signs, it’s important that you speak your doctor, so your child can be referred to see a paediatric as soon as possible. The earlier you recognise these signs the faster you can get the help and support that you need. 


Is it a Toddler Speech Delay or Autism?

Sometimes when children have speech delay, they may exhibit some autistic tendencies. And as their speech start developing, those tendencies also start to disappear. So just because your child speech is delayed doesn’t mean he/she is autistic and visa versa.  

My son started showing signs at the age of two. He wouldn’t say ‘mama’ and ‘dada’. Of course as parents you start comparing and thinking why isn’t my child speaking like his sibling or cousins. But we have to remember that every child develops at their own phase. See my blog post on finding out my son has speech delay for info on our experience. 

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What is a Speech Delay?

Meaning of Speech 

Speech is the words that your child forms and comes out of their mouths. 

It’s important to remember that your child can outgrow a speech delay. Yes, in some cases he/she might take a longer time to do so, and they may need therapy, but eventually he/she will talk. And you would never even know that they had speech delay growing up. For me I believe God does everything in his own time. We can’t rush the process and it’s time for your little one to talk, he/she will talk. But nothing wrong in getting the help to make their journey easier. 

Although my son has speech delay he is one of the smartest students in his class. 
Remember: even if your child has speech delay he/she can be right on track with all of their other milestones. Your child can have perfect social skills, follow instructions well. But just finds it difficult to verbally communicate. 


Remember that all children develop differently. And this is just guide for signs to look out. 

* If your child only makes a few sounds between the ages of 7-12 months. 
* Your child points most of the time to communicate his or her needs.
* Your child like to play with other children after the age of 18 months/ kids their own age. ( but my son loved playing with other kids) 
* You find it hard to understanding what your child is saying at the ages of 18 – 2 years.
* Your child doesn’t like to give much eye contact. 
* Repetitive movements like flapping hands or spinning. 
* Your child hasn’t started to combine two or more words to make sentences at the age of two.
* Your child struggles to make easy sounds after the age of 2 1/2. 
* Your child struggles to put two words or more together at the age of 2 to 3

Keep in mind that these are all signs that I saw in my son. And I'm sharing with you guys to look out for, if you suspect any delay in your child. 

I took my son to the speech and language drop in centre in my area. From there he was referred for a hearing test, which he has passed. 

He was then put under portage, these are professionals that come to your home. For an hour and show techniques and activities to help on his communication. 

He has been getting so much help, thank the Lord! 

He’s also getting one to one in his nursery. And also attends speech and language therapy class every week for the next 12 weeks. 

He’s development is only getting better and better. He’s making more sentences and really expressing himself so much more. 

Knowing the signs will help you get the help earlier. So you can get the help as soon as possible.  If you think that your child has any development delay, go see your doctor and get the right help. I will be talking about speech and language activities that you can do at home with your child, on my next blog post.