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Language Delay

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Some children, for many reasons, experience serious delays in language development. Caregivers will want to talk tactfully about the child’s language development with his parents, after ensuring that the parents have observed other same-age children in the group and have realized that their child’s language is significantly less developed. Parents and caregivers need not be psycholinguists, but do need to notice children who don’t seem to be progressing as expected, in case evaluation by a suitable specialist is called for. Normally, by the time a baby reaches her first birthday she:

  • Lets caregivers know what she needs them to do or to give her, and protests if they don’t (effects their behavior), and
  • Gets, and for a while keeps, caregivers’ attention because she seeks inclusion (social interaction, affiliation, relationship, communication, to become involved in a joint activity).
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