Developmental milestones for Toddlers speech : Social Development

Developmental milestones for Toddlers speech

Listen in as your toddler's speech develops — his language skills are growing by leaps and bounds. Here's what to expect from your munchkin's mouth.

toddler speech milestones

As your toddler’s vocabulary blossoms, it’s a special thrill to hear him enunciate and combine new words and express his wants and urgent needs (well, to him everything is an urgent need!) for the first time. Watch (and listen) for these exciting toddler language developments:

Toddler Speech Highlights

By age two, your toddler could very well be able to:

  • Say more words every month
  • Put two words together, in phrases and also in questions (“Go home?”)
  • Use words with many different consonant sounds

As he nears age three, your toddler's language will develop so he can:

  • Know a word for almost everything he wants to say or identify, and ask for or indicate objects verbally
  • Form two- or three-word sentences and questions
  • Speak clearly enough for family members (and others close to him) to understand him most of the time
  • Follow two-part requests (“Please take off your boots and put them on the shelf”)

If your child doesn’t seem to be meeting these speech milestones, try not to worry. Even if your toddler seems to lag behind others his age, as long as he’s making improvements in his language development every month (adding words, using words in different ways, forming longer phrases), he’s doing just fine. If you don’t see such improvements, talk to your child’s doctor about a speech/language evaluation. Speech therapy is often readily available for toddlers who are late talkers, and it may even be free (and it usually works wonders). Though keep in mind that speech therapy costs may vary depending on your child’s needs and the services available in your area.

What About Stuttering?

Many toddlers — about 25 percent — repeat sounds, syllables, or words when they talk. This “disfluency” in toddler speech is normal and may last for a few days or months, or occur sporadically. It happens because your child has a lot he wants to say but hasn’t yet acquired a large enough vocabulary of toddler words to really express himself. Pretty frustrating, huh?

To help your child's language development so he feels fluent instead of frazzled, do your best to understand what he’s trying to say. Devote your full attention to him, and don’t interrupt, not even to supply the word he’s looking for. When you’re speaking to him, stay relaxed and go slowly. If these strategies don’t work and your child seems physically tense when he speaks, or avoids talking because he’s uncomfortable, speech therapy might be the ticket.

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My two cents

by gelg

As a parent, I've been surprised by how much age matters in elementary/middle school.
I've noticed that the socially outstanding kids (which doesn't always mean popular -- I mean kids who are comfortable with themselves) tend to be the oldest kids in the class. I would not have thought 6 or 8 months makes a difference, but it seems to. In elementary school, six months translates to very real developmental milestones, so older kids have an advantage.
I did not allow my kids to skip grades. One kid was in precisely your situation. Her kindergarten wanted to move her up at least one year and possibly two

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