Red Flags

Know the signs! Act early!

As an Early Childhood Educator or Home Care Provider, you play an important role in helping parents identify any potential communication issues their young children may be facing. The goal for all children is to be talking by age 2:

If a child presents with one or more of these red flags at any age, REFER PARENTS IMMEDIATELY:

Children from infancy to senior kindergarten eligibility, with a speech and language delay should be referred to First Words for screening as soon as possible. If you also have concerns about a child’s development (i.e. play, socializing, motor skills) please refer families to the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (OCTC) at 613-737-0871.

To refer a family to First Words, direct parents to our online screening clinic booking tool. Information for parents about what to expect from the clinic and how to help their children while they wait can be found in the Parents section of our site.

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For a more detailed guide to developmental red flags for early child educators, check out Red Flags – A Quick Reference Guide for Early Years Professionals in Ottawa.