Have you ever asked your friend, spouse or pediatrician these questions? Or maybe you have stayed awake at night wondering if your child is “normal.” If any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone. As a mom of two boys and a Speech-Language Pathologist with almost 20 years of experience, I have worked with hundreds of children with all different abilities and disabilities, and if there’s one thing that I am sure of it's that the only thing that is predictable about children is that they are unpredictable!
- Between 2 and 2-1/2 years of age, children should use approximately 200 words. Their speech is 50-75% intelligible to friends and family who know the child well (even more intelligible to mom and dad), and they should be combining 2-3 words together to form a short phrases such as “I want more.” They use articles such as ‘a’ and ‘the’, and some pronouns. Their vocabulary is constantly growing.
- At or around this age, children should be able to ask basic questions such as “Mommy home?” and can answer “where” and “what….doing” questions.
- In terms of comprehension, children should understand approximately 500 words. They can listen to a short story read to them and point to items in the book when asked simple questions like, “Where is the_____.”
- Children should be able to carry out a series of related commands such as, “Find your shoes and bring them to Daddy.” They are learning to clean up (even though they may not like to!), and take turns in simple games and routines.