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Does my child need speech therapy?

When should I worry if my child is not talking?

A child should be babbling around six months and begin to say their first simple words by 12 -15 months.

By two years of age they have approximately 50 words. This will allow your toddler to begin combining two word phrases, such as, “Mommy bye bye,” “Me go,” “My ball.” During this time they may or may not also produce jargon. Jargon may sound to you like another language, yet it is your child’s way of practicing connected speech when he/she does not yet have enough vocabulary to make longer utterances.

If your child is not saying any meaningful words by 18 months it would be a good idea to see a speech-language pathologist for an evaluation. Perhaps some therapy is needed to help facilitate the development of language.

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