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.