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Does My Toddler Have a Language Delay?

My 2½-year-old daughter seems to talk less than her sister did at this age. I know that kids develop language skills at different times, but I'm still concerned. What's "normal" for her age?
- Nina

As you mention, all children (yes, even siblings!) develop and refine their language skills at different times throughout their development, so the range of what's "normal" is broad. However, some guidelines can help parents decide if their child might be at the latter end of the spectrum.

A typical 2-year-old should:

Between 2 and 3 years, vocabulary continues to build and comprehension also increases. By 3 years of age, a child should:

If you feel that your child is not on track, talk to your doctor about your concerns.

Reviewed by: Amy Nelson, MA, CCC-SLP
Date reviewed: July 2013

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