What You Need to Know
Every child develops language and reading readiness skills in his or her own way. And every parent worries at one time or another about whether their child has a problem in development. Always talk with your child’s doctor about any questions or concerns, especially if your child is demonstrating one or more of the warning signs below. Trust your instincts. If there is a problem, it helps to address it early.
Warning Signs By Age
These lists tell you some important signs that your child may have a language development problem. Talk with your child's doctor right away if you have any of these concerns.
Stops making sounds or using words
Does not react to sound
Does not react to familiar faces, objects or pictures
Seems to be "in her own world"
Stops using words
Has trouble understanding simple spoken language
Does not say several words and short phrases
Seems to be "in his own world"
Does not speak in sentences
Does not have conversations
Does not show interest in reading and writing activities
Does not read and write her own name
Does not understand rhyming words
Does not point to and name several alphabet letters
Struggles with letter names and their sounds
Does not read a growing number of words
Struggles with phonics (sounding out simple words, like cat, mop, sun)
Dislikes and avoids reading and writing
If you still have concerns about your child’s Preschool Reading Screener scores and Customized Action Plan, you may schedule a 20 minute consult with a Nemours BrightStart! staff member. We will answer questions you have about the Screener results and offer suggestions for using the activities on the website to build your child’s early literacy skills. There is a $25 fee for this service.
You will need to have the Screener results available for the consult, so return to the results page and print or email the Screener results to yourself for later reference.