Signs of Communication Disorders


Better Hearing and Speech Month is a time to make the community aware of those in need of speech-language therapy, which can be life-altering.  There are warning signs that that can signal a potential communication disorder. 

The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) has compiled a list of warning signs.  


Warning Signs For Parents to Watch For in Young Children

  • Does not babble (4–7 months)

  • Makes only a few sounds or gestures, like pointing (7–12 months)

  • Does not understand what others say (7 months–2 years)

  • Says only a few words (12–18 months)

  • Says p, b, m, h, and w incorrectly in words (1–2 years)

  • Words are not easily understood (18 months–2 years)

  • Does not put words together to make sentences (1.5–3 years)

  • Says k, g, f, t, d, and n incorrectl in words (2–3 years)

  • Produces speech that is unclear, even to familiar people (2–3 years)

  • Repeating the first sounds of words, like “b-b-b-ball” for “ball” (any age)

  • Stretching sounds out, like “fffffarm” for “farm” (any age)

Warning Signs For Parents to Watch For in School-Aged Children

  • Has trouble following directions

  • Has problems reading and writing

  • Does not always understand what others say

  • Is not understood by others

  • Has trouble talking about thoughts or feelings

To learn more about types of communication disorders check out our first blog post in our BHSM series ‘What are Communication Disorders?’.

In honor of BHSM, Denver Speech Language Solutions will be providing free speech and language screenings for families who are concerned about their child’s speech-language development. For more information on our free screenings, please call 720-815-5830 or visit  Additionally, feel free to contact Denver Speech Language Solutions if you have questions or concerns or if there’s anything we can help with.

Jennifer Price M.S., CCC-SLP Lead Speech-Language Pathologist & Owner


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