Revista Cubana de Pediatría
On-line version ISSN 1561-3119
LOPEZ BETANCOURT, Marcia et al. Desarrollo del lenguaje en el niño cubano menor de 18 meses. Rev Cubana Pediatr [online]. 2000, vol.72, n.1, pp. 32-39. ISSN 1561-3119.
We suggest that child speech must be assessed for diferent reasons: first, because of speech is one of the indicators of child´s integral development, second, to detect difficulties in this process, and third, to determine children in risk. As there aren´t available references about child speech development in our country, we carried out a nation-wide descriptive and crossover research, applied to health children aged 6 months and 5 years in 8 provinces of the country. In the case of this paper, we proceed to analyze a group of children under 18 months. We found that more than 50 % of Cuban children emit two-sylabed sounds to months, they use a gibberish to 8 months, understand single orders around 9 months, and know parts of the body to 12 months. There is some advance in speech behaviour of Cuban children compared to that stablished in development scales used in Cuba.
Keywords : CHILD SPEECH; CUBA.