Your son is 2 and only using a few words. Your daughter just turned 4 and your family still has difficulty understanding her speech. Your son just started kindergarten and can’t tell you about his school day when you ask.
Undoubtedly, one of the most common questions speech-language pathologists hear from parents of young children is “Should I be worried about my child’s communication skills?” Child development is a complex process that unfolds at a unique pace for every child. While the milestones children pass through are quite consistent, the exact timing children achieve milestones can vary quite a bit. Most parents know to expect some degree of variability. However, this inevitably leads to concerns at one point or another about whether or not a child is on track.