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Vital Signs: Why Kids Shouldn’t Keep Quiet All The Time

Mar 24, 2014

A new campaign is underway to educate parents, caregivers and educators about the early warning signs of communication disorders.

Many certified experts in a new poll from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association said they believe lack of awareness among parents is the leading barrier to early detection in children.

Melissa Halpern, a speech-language pathologist based in Dallas, discusses the warning signs in children, and how early communication with a child actually begins.

Early signs of hearing loss:

  • Lack of attention to sounds
  • Does not follow simple directions
  • Does not respond when their name is called
  • Delays in speech and language development
  • Pulls or scratches at their ears
  • Difficulty achieving academically, especially in reading and math
  • Socially isolated and unhappy in school
  • Persistent ear discomfort after exposure to loud noise (regular and constant listening to electronics at high volumes

Early signs of speech-language disorders

  • Does not interact socially (infancy and older)
  • Does not follow or understand what you say (starting at 1 year)
  • Says only a few sounds, words, or gestures (18 months to 2 years)
  • Words are not easily understood (18 months to 2 years)
  • Does not combine words (starting at 2 years)
  • Struggles to say sounds or words (3 to 4 years)

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