Help, My Two Year Old Is Not Talking

Include them in activities and talk to them about what is happening.
Include them in activities and talk to them about what is happening.

At What Age Is Speech Normal?

In most cases, children should be saying approximately 50 words by the time they are two years old. At the age of two, you should expect your little one to be using words together such as “my toy” or similar simple things. The are far from conversationalists yet at the age of two. Between 2 and 3 years of age you will begin to see much greater advances in their ability to communicate and begin to form sentences.

Comprehension skills should be very good at age 2 and even better by age 3. Children should be able to follow basic instructions such as “take it to the garbage” by the time they are 2. While these are general guidelines, each child is different and definitely will advance at their own pace. It isn't a reason to completely panic if your child is not as verbal as they should be. Some children are late in gaining these skills.


What You Need To Do

Children should be assessed by a specialist who will want to do some testing. One of the first things that doctors will check is to make sure that your child has good hearing. A child who is not speaking, or when speaking sounds raspy, may possibly have some hearing loss. This has to be ruled out before anything else can happen.

A speech pathologist will check your child for many things, such as comprehension and ability to try to communicate non-verbally. They will also check for things such as how the tongue is being used, both during speech and while eating. The motor skills require to speak are largely involving the use of the tongue.

As far as how you can help your child best, aside from involving a specialist, you can read to them a lot. Take time speaking and communicating with them whenever you can in normal day to day ways. Encourage them to ask for what they want, rather than just pointing to it.

Take the time to explain what you are doing, as you are doing it. Bake a cake and read the recipe and explain what you are doing. Include them in everything you are doing and make it fun for them so they'll be excited to communicate with you.


Do Not Panic

Many parents, especially first time parents, have high expectations for their children and feel the need to compare to other children. Not every child is going to perform tasks on any specific time line just because some sociologists say that they should. Remember that your child is an individual and deserves to be treated as such. Having high expectations can place a lot of unnecessary stress on your toddler as well as on you.

Many children are delayed in speech and are completely caught up in time to start school with the same vocabulary as their classmates. In fact, many children who are delayed in speech will go on to surpass their classmates in both reading and writing. This proves that there is no reason for parents to panic.

Read to children to encourage communication and speech.
Read to children to encourage communication and speech.
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Meridith Dennes is a co-founder and the CEO of Project Eve LLC, a leading women's lifestyle media company online including some of the web's best loved communities including the eponymous Project Eve, Getting Balance, Project Eve Moms, Project Eve Money and Scary Puppy Silly Kitty. With a digital readership in excess of 20+ million monthly uniques, and over 1 million social media followers, Project Eve provides the news and resources to inspire and empower women. Meridith also works as a digital consultant and social media strategist and has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to help increase brand awareness and improve social media engagement.Meridith holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from NYU's Stern School of Business. Prior to founding Project Eve, she spent 15 years working in investment banking. Meridith currently lives in Vermont with her husband and 2 daughters and spends her free time teaching skiing, practicing yoga, hiking and snowshoeing.