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Picture says: IS MY CHILD A LATE TALKER?
Here's what it means and how you can help!
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Who is a "Late Talker"?
A "Late Talker" is a toddler (between 18-30 months) who has good understanding of language, typically developing play skills, motor skills, thinking skills, and social skills, but has a limited spoken vocabulary for his or her age. The difficulty late talking children have is specifically with spoken or expressive language. This group of children can be very puzzling because they have all of the building blocks for spoken language, yet they don't talk or talk very little.
Because this group of children is progressing so well in other areas of development, parents and others may assume that they will catch up on their own. Indeed, many late talkers do "grow out of it", but many do not. It can be difficult to predict which children will not catch up to their peers.
If you think your child may be a late talker, it's never too early to seek help. We know that the earlier we start to help children, the better their outcomes.
• Consult a speech-language pathologist about your concerns.
• Have your child's hearing evaluated - even if you think your child is hearing just fine, it is important to make sure he is hearing sounds at a variety of volumes and pitches. Even slight hearing impairments can cause difficulties with speech and language development.