Did you know?
– By 12 months, toddlers should be trying to say some words or have words like “mama” or “papa.” Toddlers should be babbling with long strings of sounds and using sounds and gestures to get attention. They should also start to use gestures like shaking their head “no” or waving “bye-bye.” At around 12 months, we typically see toddlers pointing to things as well as following simple directions and responding to their name. 12-month-olds should enjoy and engage in interactive activities with their caregivers (e.g., “peek-a-boo”.)
– By 18 months, toddlers typically start to say single words. They also start to point to what they want as well as independently follow 1-step directions like “sit down.”
– By 24 months, toddlers should be copying/imitating adults and older children that they observe. You should start to hear words being combined into two-word sentences or more. 24-month-olds often repeat words overheard in conversation, point to things in books, complete rhymes in familiar songs and books, and follow some simple two-step directions. By 24 months, toddlers are typically using a lot of new words.
– By 36 months, toddlers should be combining 3+ words to form longer sentences. At this age, they are able to name most familiar things, they are following 2-3 step instructions, and they are beginning to engage in pretend play.
– Research suggests that acquisition of one language is similar to acquiring two languages in that by approximately 12 months, children should begin to use single words and by approximately 24 months, children should start to use two-word phrases. It is expected for a bilingual child to use words from both languages when learning language. Language mixing is a very normal and expected part of being bilingual.
Jennie Kitaychik is an English-speaking Speech-Language Pathologist from the United States living and practicing in Madrid. She works with and specializes primarily in the Early Intervention age, 18 months – 3 years.
Her goal is to reach English-speaking parents who may have concerns regarding their toddler’s speech or language development. She would love to be a resource for you and provide strategies for speech and language development.
If you are concerned about your child not meeting certain milestones for their age in the areas of comprehension of language, expressive language, play skills, early speech sound development, imitation, joint attention, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Jennie. Know that acting early can make a huge difference in your child’s development.
Contact her at JKitaychikSLP@gmail.com or jenniekitaychikslp on Instagram for more information or to schedule your first session.
• Complimentary 15-minute phone consult
• Direct speech-language therapy in English to target receptive language, expressive language, play, early speech sound development, imitation, joint attention, and more!
• Learn strategies for how to encourage toddlers to communicate verbally or “to use their words” by creating natural communication opportunities
• Parent coaching/training to reduce the pressure of verbal communication by using learned communication enhancing strategies within daily routines and play
• Learn more about early language development and the foundational pre-linguistic skills
• Learn about the different stages of play and which toys/activities are language enhancing
• Access to evidence-based resources for speech-language development
• Write-up of learned strategies after each session
Please remember that acting early can make a huge difference in your child’s development.
Contact me at JKitaychikSLP@gmail.com for more information, to schedule a consult, or to schedule your first session.