19. Speech Language Pathology – with Caitlin Francis

On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor sit down with Caitlin Francis, a speech language pathologist to talk about speech, language, and communication development in babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, what you should be looking out for, when to think about intervention, and how to get assistance.

“So when we think about the word ‘talking,’ kids usually start their first true words between 10 and 14 months of age.” – Caitlin Francis

“We start counting ‘true words’ as the kid looks toward you, says a word that’s an approximation of what the adult word would be, and says it purposefully more than one time.” – Caitlin Francis

“Even at birth, babies start showing communication intentions and we have milestones that we look at, starting at day one with baby development.” – Caitlin Francis

“There are about 16 gestures that kids really should be using by the time they’re 16 months of age.” – Caitlin Francis

“We do know that babies are listening to their mother’s voices, and so their cries kind of imitate the cadence of whatever the mom’s speech is.” – Caitlin Francis

“A milestone is when about 90% of kids acquire a skill at a certain age. But the average would be when 50% of kids acquire that skill.” – Caitlin Francis.

“The sooner that we start working with children, the better that prognosis is, usually, for those those children if there is a delay.” – Caitlin Francis

“Looking at those checklists, those milestone things that are kind of being spread a lot more prolifically at different pediatrician offices or different daycare centers is a really great way to start. But when in doubt, trust your intuition. If you think that your child might be delayed, please please please reach out to a speech language pathologist.” – Caitlin Francis

“I really want to emphasize that parents reach out to SLPs (Speech Language Pathologists) and not their pediatrician. I love pediatricians! They are amazing! But honestly, they don’t really get that much training when it comes to cognitive and communication development.” – Caitlin Francis

Listen to the episode here.

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Today’s guest: Caitlin Francis, M.S. CCC-SLP

Caitlin Francis, M.S. CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist from Southern California. She is a school-based therapist who conducts assessments and provides intervention for students in K-8th grade. Her passion is with supporting neurodiverse and autistic students. Caitlin is a recipient of the ASHA Early Career Professional Certificate.

You can connect with her through the Birth Re-Imagined Family Facebook Group.

Resources related to today’s episode:

16 by 16 months

CDC Guidelines for Monthly Development

Who are Elle and Taylor?

Elle Kennedy is a maternity, birth, and family photographer and doula based in Orange County, California. She’s a mother of two, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for consent and respect for personal preferences during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. She homeschools, is polyamorous, loves tea and scones, and loves using her free time to create and bake.

Dr. Taylor Garcia is a Webster Certified Chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area, with a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies. She is currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program and plans to have that completes by 2021. While not a mama yet, she is the consummate “mom friend,” and hopes to adopt with her partners in about 5 years. She is part of the LGBTQ+ community and polyamorous. She believes in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. She believes in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. She is a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.

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