Although some children who are late in learning to talk catch up on their own, at least half have persisting language problems. Research on late talkers indicates that children who are delayed in using words but who show good use of emotion and eye gaze, communication, gestures, sounds, understanding of words, and use of objects, are likely to catch up without intervention. These children are referred to as late bloomers. On our evaluation tools, if a child is delayed on the use of words only, but is not delayed in any of the other areas, we recommend monitoring that child's development but intervention is not warranted.
We need your help in detecting communication problems earlier in young children. You can help by giving the Checklist to parents of young children. We are eager for you to give the Checklist to parents of any young child in Leon or surrounding counties, even if there are no concerns. With our grant funding, we are interested in gathering information about communication development in as many families as possible from this region. We are interested in both young healthy children and children whose families or service providers have concerns.