Parents have a lot of questions about their child’s speech, understanding and use of language when their child is 1. Should my baby have words when they are one? When should they start talking?

Welcome to another episode from Speech Pathology The Animated Series. Parents have a lot of questions about their child’s speech, understanding and use of language when their child is 1. Should my baby have words when they are one? When should they start talking? How many words should my 15 or 18-month-old have? In this video, we’ll discuss what you should generally expect of your child’s understanding and use of language when they have had their first birthday and they are approaching 2 years. Around the time of their first birthday, a little one’s first words emerge. They will still be babbling at this stage and using gesture. As they acquire more words, the amount of babbling will reduce. More words will be used as a child nears two years of age when they are expected to begin combining words. R: From 1-2 years a baby continues to understand more and more. They will respond to their name, complete a simple instruction (get teddy!) and will understand around 10 words – (12 months). Around 18 months, they can identify several body parts and understand up to 50 words. Young children will experience joy in interacting and will seek out your attention. If you have any concerns or would like information specific to your child, we recommend that you touch base with your speech pathologist.

Lauren Crumlish

Lauren Crumlish

Our blog series has been consciously created to answers the questions that we commonly receive from parents, teachers and doctors. We also hope to bring awareness to the range and extent of communication challenges that children and teenagers may face in their home, school and social environments. We hope that our blog series may also highlight the role and importance of paediatric speech pathology.