Everything you wanted to know about your child’s speech and languagefrom the child 9 months of development that should be able of a pediatric speech-language therapist. If you arrive at 12 months only to find that your baby isn’t yet talking, though, fear not. Many children will take up to 15 months of age to utter their first real word.
Even if your child isn’t yet talking, you’ll notice that she continues to become more and more social. Between the ages of 12 and 18 months, you’ll see her really start to point at things that interest her, show you things to get your attention, and give you objects to interact with you. These skills are really important to watch for, as they show us that she wants you to join in her little world. When your little one does start talking, you can expect words to come slowly at first. Typically, children have around 4-6 words at 15 months and then between 20 and 50 words at 18 months. When your child hits the magic 50 word mark, he will enter a language explosion during which he will astound you with his ability to quickly learn words that you didn’t even know he’d heard! Until then, though, he will pick up a word here and there, with no real speed or urgency.
During this” first-word” phase of language development, your baby’s words will probably be limited to certain sounds. At this stage of learning language, most children are using p, b, m, n, w, h, t, d, and vowel sounds. At the same time as your baby is learning new words, he’s also learning lots more about the world around him. His imitation skills have improved by leaps and bounds and you’ll probably notice that he takes great pleasure in imitating the things you do around the house on a daily basis. At 12-18 months, your baby will begin to understand a lot more, too.
He’ll be able to find a variety of named people, toys, animals, clothes and body parts. By 18 months of age, he’ll understand at least 50 words, if not many more. All of a sudden, you’ll have to careful what you say around him–utter the word for his favorite snack without being prepared to give it to him and you risk a tantrum! Finally, his play will continue to evolve.
Play is related to language development, so it’s important keep an eye on play skills as well. At this age, you’ll notice your baby start to use some fleeting pretend play actions. He might pretend to drink out of a cup, or put a spoon to a baby’s mouth, or hug his stuffed animals. Enjoy your little one as you watch him discover his ability to communicate with you during his second year of life.
In the blink of an eye, you’ll be at his second birthday, gazing back at his first and wondering how your little baby could have possibly turned into a toddler already. Looking for more information about your child’s speech and language development? Looking for ways to help your your toddler learn more language? Seriously, I love all of your advice! And its so timely for me since T is 12 months. One of my passions as a pediatric speech-language therapist is helping parents understand the early signs and symptoms of autism .
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