During the second year, there is great variability in children’s speech and language abilities, but milestones can still act as a good general guide for development. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting ways your toddler’s speech and language should be blossoming.
What speech and language should a toddler be using by 24 months?
By around 24 months, you should notice that your toddler learns to say more and more words each month. An exciting development most toddlers achieve during this time is the ability to combine two words together to make phrases. By now, they will often ask simple questions using one or two words. Speech will still not sound perfectly clear, but you should hear your toddler using a variety of consonants in the beginning of words.
What speech and language should toddler understand by 24 months?
Also by about 24 months, children are generally able to point to some body parts as well as pictures of common items when named. They will usually be able to pay attention to brief, simple stories and will enjoy rhymes and songs. Their understanding of language grows as they are now able to comprehend simple questions and follow basic directions.
Good question! Although there are some slight differences in the way bilingual children acquire language, typically-developing bilingual children should reach speech and language milestones within the same time frame as children who speak one language. A bilingual child who is showing delays in language milestones should be evaluated by a speech-language pathologist. For more information, check out this article: http://www.bundoo.com/articles/can-i-raise-my-child-in-a-bilingual-home/
Thank you so much for your response. My daughter understands and responds to both English and Spanish. (We also use bilingual flash cards with her.) What’s interesting is that she tends to respond most to Spanish, yet her first few words were in English! She has yet to say anything in Spanish. I am a former Assistant Principal, and I also taught high school Spanish for native speakers for many years. I guess I was worried about overwhelming or confusing her. This article was very helpful!
Does this apply to bilingual children? I read that children raised in a bilingual environment may take a little longer.