A new smartphone app can tell parents how their toddlers' speech is progressing compared with their peers.
The app, Childchat, was developed by University of Canterbury speech and language therapy student Kristi Rabbitt to help parents monitor the speech, language and communication development of their children and compare their kid's speech with others the same age.
Parents can document, record and analyse the speech and language development of their children.
Rabbitt said she was inspired to make the app after learning there was little knowledge about what speech therapists did, 'The New Zealand Herald' reported.
"This led me to believe there is very little understanding of speech and language development but a lot of knowledge floating around about other aspects of development such as motor skills," she said.
Childchat also gives parents access to resources, support, guides and local contacts.
"The idea is that with the easily accessible resources support and contacts at their fingertips, parents will ask for advice or help earlier on," Rabbitt said.