The 25 Words Most Toddlers Know By Age 2
Posted by The Baby News
There's something truly exciting about your toddler's first words. You wait for them, wondering what they'll be - will the first be Mommy? Daddy? When they come, you make a mental note of them and tell all your friends. Every week, you count how many words your toddler knows. You read books to your baby, talk to your little one and read up on vocabulary-building play strategies to give him a leg up in the language department. And if your toddler is still babbling when others already are speaking, you worry. Is this just a developmental lag or a bigger problem?
Whether you're worrying about your toddler's language development or just want to help her get to those first words as fast as possible, some new research out of the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College points the way. According to lead researcher Leslie Altman Rescorla, recent studies of children’s language development in Greece, the Netherlands and South Korea confirm what she has been saying for a while: If you want to help your child, focus on the 25 first words commonly learned by toddlers in time for their second birthdays in countries around the world - words that use sounds a young child finds easy to form. Then move on to words like "hedgehog."
- thank you
- all gone
- bye bye
According to Rescorla, while some language delays can signal hearing impairments or autism, most are just that - delays - and these children are up to speed by age 4 or 5. In fact, she says that by the teenage years, some late talkers are better at language than their early-talking peers.
What words does your toddler know?
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