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Language Development Milestones: 1-2 Years

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Language Development Milestones: 1-2 Years

It is an exciting time for any parent to see their little one start to understand what is being said to them and to hear their vocabulary grow!

Milestones in your child’s language development include:

At around 12 months, your toddler may:

  • Speak approximately 1-3 words
  • Understand the names of things around them, e.g. cup, toe, hat.

By 15 months, you may notice they:

  • Speak around 10 words
  • Point to things further away and ask the name of them.

Around 18 months, as they continue to develop they may:

  • Know around 10-50 words
  • Start to have ‘conversations’ with themselves and others
  • Follow simple one-step instructions, such as ‘get your teddy’
  • Begin to refer to themselves by their name.

By the age of about 24 months, your child may:

  • Rapidly increase their vocabulary to 150-300 words
  • Communicate what they want through words, e.g. milk or ball
  • Combine words together, e.g. ‘more milk’
  • Stumble over words when they are excited
  • Follow more complex instructions which have two steps, such as, ‘Please get your shoes and bring them to Mummy’
  • Start to express how they feel through their words
  • Sing along with familiar songs, such as ‘Happy Birthday’ or nursery rhymes.

Each child will grow and develop differently so it is important not to compare your little one to others. If you are concerned about their development seek advice from your healthcare professional.

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