Professor Leslie Rescorla studied 78 two-year-olds for a fifteen year period. Half of the children in the study were “late talkers”. At age 17, the “late talkers” had “average” to “good” vocabularies. However, they were below those who were “good talkers” when they were young. The “late talkers” had trouble listening to words, sentences or numbers and then repeating them back.
The 25 words are about toys, food, animals, families and daily routines. They use sounds that a young child finds easy to form. While keeping in mind that all children develop at different speeds, experts say that this list may detect children who might struggle with words when they get older. The 25 words that all 2 year olds should know are:
- thank you
- all gone
- bye bye
Toddlers need to interact and talk with others! TV’s are no substitute. Parents can help by reading books to children, talking to them, and playing vocabulary building games. If you are worried about your child’s speech, talk to your Public Health Nurse.