7What’s Normal?

Although speech is known to develop pretty much the same way for all children, its pace can at times vary from child to child. The basic rule here is, that your child should be able to say one word when he turns 1, two-word combinations between 18 months to 2

years, and three-word sentences before he turns 3.

When evaluating delayed speech, it is normal for speech specialists to care as much about a child’s understanding of words as they would about his speech.

Even if your child can say 100 words by 18-months, there is a good chance that he will be able to understand far more. As long as he makes gestures and follows directions, you can rest-assured that he is understanding your words and communicating and there isn’t much for you to worry about.

.The fact of the matter is, that children learn and grow at their own pace. Because of this, the range of what is normal for a child is fairly extensive. This obviously means that it will be helpful for you, as a parent, to know the signs that your child might not have the skills most other kids have at his age. These problems are typically labeled as ‘developmental delays’ by doctors.

The problem may not be serious

The good news is that a lot of speech delays aren’t really serious and a majority of children can catch up, particularly if early treatment is offered. For this, it is extremely important for you to get him the help he needs as soon as a problem is suspected.

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