Encouraging Language: Rule out a Hearing LossIf you are worried about your child's speech and/or language development, here's the first thing you should do: Rule out a hearing loss. This does NOT mean standing behind your child and clapping your hands or jiggling some keys around to see if they notice. A hearing loss can be very mild or very severe. Each and every type of hearing loss can go undetected for one reason or another.
(This is my little guy after he passed his newborn hearing screening - yay!)