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Warning signs that your toddler has a speech delay
By: Elise Lewis Co-founder of Toddler Speech Boost
Do you have a little one at home and you suspect that he has fewer words than his older sister did at his age? Or maybe your toddler is in daycare and you’ve noticed that the other kids seem to have a few more words than her? Are you thinking that there may be a problem?
You’re not alone. I for one was in that position when our daughter was a toddler. We noticed she wasn’t saying much to her peers at daycare, and that got us a little worried.
Thankfully, there are guidelines we can use to help us. These toddler developmental milestones include several statements that describe the abilities and behaviors of an average toddler at different age milestones. With respect to speech communication, here are a few statements for younger children.
At 12 months old, your toddler should have 0-2 words and should try to string sounds together like “ma-ma” or da-da”
At 18 months old, your toddler should have 10-15 words and will try to imitate words.
And at 2 years old, your toddler should be saying 50 words and asking two-word questions like “where’s daddy”
When running through this, it’s important to note that:
– a “word” doesn’t mean a perfectly pronounced word, but it could be a similar sound that they use consistently for something (like “wah-wah” for water). This is especially true for younger toddlers
– not all toddlers will hit the milestones perfectly. It’s if they are slightly off on a few. However, it could be more of an issue if they are off on many of them or very far off on a few
For more information on toddler development milestones and information on how to help with toddler speech delay, visit our website. In many cases, following simple speech development exercises with your toddler can help them get caught up before they fall too far behind other children.
About the Author
Elise Lewis is a mother of two children and is the co-founds of Toddler Speech Boost. She has developed the Talk Now speech development course, designed for teaching parents how to develop their toddler’s speech at home and double their words in 6 weeks. She had written various articles and Facebook posts on the topic, and has consulted with many parents over the past few years on this topic.