Does my child talk enough? By age two, your toddler should be talking. Research says your child should be using at least 50 words by the age of two. Leslie Rescorla, Ph.D, put together a list of 25 words (The 25 most common words that toddlers master) that your child should be using by the age of two. If your child is NOT using these words by the age of two or at least the majority of these words, you should have your child evaluated. Call your local school district or talk to your pediatrician to find out how and where to get your child evaluated. To find out more about speech milestones check out this Month to Month Guide to Baby Babble and Toddler Talk.
There are few things more embarrassing than your child spouting off a horrible nasty word at an inopportune moment. Sometimes we just slip and use a bad word in front of our child….and sometimes unfortunately they hear it in other places beyond our control…So..what to do, what to do??
Why is my child swearing!?
As kids (especially toddlers) begin to learn how to create deeper relationships with people, they start to better understand the power behind language. It doesn’t take long for children to figure out that an insult, or colorful language will more than likely get quite the reaction out of a target audience. Put that together with toddler and children’s endless search for new knowledge and vocabulary…and you might just have a perfect combination for some moments of embarrassment with their choice in language!
When it comes to early childhood speech, conversations can be full of a lot of, “what did you say? Huh? say that again?” There can be a lot of missing speech sounds in those early years! Here is a simple, parent friendly chart to glance at if you are wondering whether or not your child should be using a specific sound yet!
(These speech sound “norms” were taken from the Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation-2)
Initial Position= First sound of the word
Medial Position= Middle sound of the word
As a special educator, one of the most common questions I get asked is “Do you think my kid talks enough?” or “Do you think their language/speech is normal?” Each child is very different. BUT there are some milestones that your kids should be hitting to put them in that “Typical” range. Here is a quick and simple look at where your child should be when it comes to Language Development
Intentional Communication starts anywhere from about 9-13 months. Intentional communication means that your child is gesturing or vocalizing for a purpose. For example: getting someone to do something for them, engaging in social games, and being part of joint attention. Your child will also be showing non-linguistic comprehension. This means that they understand gestures, facial expressions, voice intonation, eye gazes etc…. They also have environmental awareness (knowing and understanding what is going on around them.) and the knowledge of what to do with given objects.
One of the things I love the most about working with kids, is their language development! It is SO much fun to see them get so excited over new language. Within the last few weeks language around our house as completely taken off. From One word sentences to 2-3 word sentences in what seems like over night. So, I have been in toddler talk excitement mode all week. Here is an easy Month to Month guide of where your child will be at each phase in the early childhood language department!