Realizing that a toddler may have a speech-language or developmental delay is essential in increasing the chances for improving communication skills and preventing him/her from falling further behind. According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), if a child doesn’t talk by eighteen months, speech is unclear, or if speech and language is different from that of other children in the same age, there may be cause for concern. Children who are thought to be ‘at risk’ should be tested early and at regular intervals. Risk factors include premature birth, diagnosed medical conditions such as chronic ear infections, or developmental delays. Emerging language programs at the MFC include parent information and training, individual treatment (parent assisted), and consultation with home program development.