Many parents contact Kids Talk because their toddler is not yet talking. Parents are aware that their child is behind in reaching language milestones but they are often told that their child will 'grow out of it'. The stages of expressive language development are very consistent however the range of 'normal' within those stages is quite large. This can be very confusing for parents.
A good place to start is to look at age-appropriate vocabulary milestones.
A significant amount of research has been conducted in the area of early language development. We know that many late talkers will catch up to their peers on their own however some children will not. The following are known risk factors which may suggest that a child will not catch up on their own.
If you have concerns about your toddler's first words please feel free to call the office. Your questions are always welcome! A quick phone consultation may help to determine if an assessment is necessary.