Year Two – Post 6 | Toddlers and Speech Development
As your child’s speech and language progresses, she is learning how to produce individual sounds and how to put these sounds together in specific ways to form words, phrases and sentences. This is all part of the process of developing a sound system that matches the sound system of the speech that she hears. Here is what you will notice as you listen to your child talk:
- At two, she is using 90 percent of the vowel sounds correctly. She is combining those sounds with consonants in words that have, on average, one to two syllables and has a vocabulary of approximately 200 words.
- As her nervous and muscle systems have developed, she has progressed from speaking memorized individual words that were easier to use to speaking words that have a more complex combination of sounds.
- She will show sound preferences, which is why some words seem to be easier for her to say than others. She will simplify words, such as “potty” for “toilet” or “sketti” for “spaghetti,” when she can’t manage the complexity of sounds and/or syllables. Some of your child’s word inventions will put a smile on your face, and it is always a good idea to write them down so you can have a laugh together later on down the road.
- By the age of two, she will be putting two to four words together to make phrases and short sentences.
For a greater understanding of your child’s speech and language development, you can refer to My Baby Compass books one and two to see if your child is on track for their developmental milestones in the areas of speech and language, cognitive, physical and social-emotional skills. Pediatricians are recommending that a parent be familiar with normal child development in order to identify any possible developmental delays.
– Kathryn Thorson Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series