A child’s first word, whether it’s “mama,” “dada” or the family pet’s name, is one of parents’ most eagerly anticipated milestones. One word usually leads to many others, and soon parents are enjoying the creative ways their little ones are communicating. But what if a child experiences speech issues, such as delayed speech or stuttering?
Debra Barra-Stevens, M.D., a board-certified pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, knows the question, “Is my child normal?” all too well.
“Keep in mind there’s a wide range in what is considered normal speech development,” she says. “Just as each child has a unique personality, each child also has his or her own pace for learning to speak.”