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When Should I be Concerned About my 3-year-old’s Speech and Language?

By 36 months old, if your child demonstrates the warning signs below, alert your pediatrician and seek out a speech-language evaluation for your child.

Doesn’t follow simple directions

Doesn’t answer yes/no or wh- questions

Doesn’t communicate using basic 3-4 word sentences

Doesn’t play with toys or other children

Doesn’t engage in pretend play

Speech is very unclear (understood by others less than 75 percent of the time) or drools often

Doesn’t pronounce sounds at the beginning or end of most words

Shows regression in skills

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