1. Point to things or pictures when named
2. Know names of familiar people and body parts
3. Say sentences of 2 to 4 words
4. Follow simple instructions
5. Repeat words
If you feel concerned because of a possible delay of your child's communication and language skills, talk to your pediatrician, an early intervention with the help of a speech therapist and even a psychomotor specialist may be indicated. The sooner is always the better in these cases to avoid later delay.
Delays in language are the most common types of developmental delay. Simple speech delays are sometimes temporary and may resolve on their own or with a little extra help from family( encourage your child to "talk" to you with gestures or sounds).
However, sometimes delays may be a warning sign of a more serious problems that could include hearing loss, developmental delay in other areas, or even an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
If your child's development seems delayed or shows any of the behaviors in the following list, tell your pediatrician:
-Doesn't return a smile back to you
-Doesn't seem to notice if you are in the room
-Acts as if he or she is in his or her own world
-Prefers to play alone
-Doesn't seem interested in or play with toys but likes to play with objects in the house