Wait-and-see or take action? Perhaps you might be wondering whether your baby is developing language according to his/her age.
Parents often ask me how many words a child should be saying by 24 months. By 24 months, they should be saying at least 50 words and starting to put 2 words together. Now, there are children who are not yet saying 50 words at 24 months that are considered “late bloomers”, which means that they are late talkers who will catch up on their own and we can wait and see.
However, research shows that half of the late-talker population will not catch up and will require intervention. We can help sort this out by looking at the social communication development in the early months.
What is Social Communication?
Before speaking the first words, your child is already communicating wants and needs, sharing ideas and feelings through gestures, facial expressions, sounds, and movement. These are the social communication milestones that will predict speech and language development, play, and academic success.
Children showing delays in social communication may be at risk for Autism and other developmental disorders. So, finding the answers as to whether or not there is a problem in the early stages will put your mind at ease and help you be confident about what steps to take.
I highly recommend to concerned parents to sign up for a free screening program called the “Social Communication CheckUp”. Through the results of this screening, you will find out whether your child is showing the developmental markers on time. It is simple to use and provides access to a lot of information regarding social communication and language.
Please don’t remain in doubt wondering whether or not your child will catch up on his own. Don’t follow the “wait and see” approach without first checking for those developmental milestones.
Finding the answers now can be easy and will make a big difference for your child. Fill out the contact form here so that I can guide you through the easy and free screening process.
Once you complete the screening, you will have enough information to identify which language development milestones your child has achieved. You will also gain access to the tools necessary to monitor his or her development moving forward.