Just a Few Words…Can Make a HUGE IMPACT in Early Diagnosis of Autism!!!
Why are they important???
When in a child’s development should they know and speak these words???
Researchers have compiled a list of twenty five words that every toddler should know by age two. In some cases it can be a sign of greater problems from deafness to autism and so parents should keep this in mind when they observe their child’s speech development and when consulting with their pediatrician.
These are the 25 ‘must have’ words:
18. Thank you
23. All gone
25. Bye bye
This article quotes Professor Rescorla, of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, who has tested and tracked the progress of 78 two-year-olds for 15 years. Half had been slow to start talking but didn’t have any other problems. By age 17, their vocabulary was classed as at least as good as average – but still wasn’t as good as those who were better talkers as toddlers.
Professor Rescorla says that if a child is otherwise developing normally, parents shouldn’t panic as many late-talkers are simple late bloomers. But if the child is still struggling for words by two and a half, they should consider help such as speech therapy, and certainly not put this off past the age of three.
Early Intervention is always best!
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