It's fairly common for parents of toddlers to wonder about their baby's language development. Is she talking soon enough? Why can't I understand what she's saying? Should I worry? Most of the time, the answer is no. It's normal. But you should consider the possibility that your toddler may have a speech and language delay if:
She's 2 years old and she:
Doesn't react normally or consistently to sounds.Uses mostly vowels as opposed to a mix of vowels and consonants.Uses one catch-all sound or syllable to refer to large numbers of objects (for example, "duh-duh").Is sticking to single-word utterances rather than full sentences.Doesn't use common words like "bye-bye" or seem to enjoy basic speech and language games like peek-a-boo.Doesn't integrate new words into everyday speech (for example, she uses a word once but then seems to forget that the word exists).Doesn't point to common objects in books when you ask her to identify them.Gives up easily if she's not able to communicate a message to you.
- Doesn't seem to be making much progress from month to month.
She's 3 years of age and she:
Has a very limited vocabulary.Can't produce words or phrases spontaneously (for example, she can only repeat back what you're saying).Can't follow simple directions.Has a highly nasal sound to her voice or some other unusual voice quality.report abuse
- Is unintelligible to others.