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Developing language skills in kids

August 18, 2019 - 9:17 am

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Language development and the speed of learning a language have always been an important part of the pediatric examination. 

We have known for quite some time that those who are more articulate at earlier ages are not necessarily well advanced, and those who are not as verbal are not necessarily at risk for developmental delays, but there are certain things that we look for that can help us pick out potential developmental issues. 

An article in the Journal of Child Language focuses on how children learn certain words, and what they've found is that during the ages of three to five, children start to recognize common objects like a dog or a fish and learn those words.

After that they start to build language around the words they understand. Communication with parents and others is essential at this time to help build language skills.