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“Late-Talkers” are defined as toddlers between 18-30 months with good understanding of language, typically developing play skills, motor skills, thinking skills, and social skills, but has limited words for his or her age (Hanen Center). In other words, they are meeting all of their developmental milestones, expect for the words they are saying
We define Late Talker as toddlers who are:
18 -20 months: and use less than 24 words
21-24 months: and use less than 40 words
Your toddler should be using different types of words, such as nouns (“baby”, “cookie”), verbs (“eat”, “go”), prepositions (“up”, “down”), adjectives (“hot”, “sleepy”), and social words (“hi”, “bye”)?
24 months: and use less than 100 words
Your toddler should be combining 2 words together at 24 months such as “daddy gone” or “eat cracker.”
While many children do “grow out of it” and are considered “late bloomers,” many do not. We know
that about 20-30% of Late Talkers will continue to have difficulty with language. There are several risk factors that suggest a child is more likely to have difficulty with language, such as difficulty with reading and writing when they enter school (Olswang et. al, 1998). They are:
20-30% of Late Talkers will not catch up with peers and will continue to have difficulty with language
Some of the areas impacted are language skills such as how their brain processes speech, literacy
skills such as understanding and telling stories, and executive functioning skills such as planning,
organizing, and impulse control Children who seem to grow out of it, may have subtle difficulties in these areas.
When we help toddlers early on, not only can we help their language skills, but we can impact all of these areas of development. Early Intervention maters and the earlier the better!
Research shows that parents can make a big impact in helping their late-talking toddler start to talk:
In summary, we know that while many “Late-Talkers” catch up, many do not and can continue to have subtle difficulties with language. Language is the foundation for all learning. When we help toddlers early on, not only does their language improve, but it also helps them develop other skills that depend on language, like reading, social skills, behavior, and executive function skills (such as planning, organizing, paying attention, controlling impulsive behavior). If you have concerns about your toddler’s speech development, you can and should be proactive. There are many resources available to help.
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I'm a pediatric speech therapist, but most importantly, I'm a mom. I know how busy and messy toddler life can be! I'm here to show you the simple things you can do during small, everyday moments that add up that make a big difference for your child's speech and language development.
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