Speech and Language of the 18-Month Old
At age 18 months, your child...
Uses 10-20 different words
Practices words and word combinations
Has a play routine
Can point or gesture to show something they want
Brings a familiar object from another room when asked
Recognizes their own body parts (points to nose, toes, etc)
Uses descriptive words to make their wants known
Are more precise with their words and sounds
Can combine 2 words to begin describing an action with person or thing ("momma bye bye")
You can stimulate your child's speech by...
Having conversations about various topics with your child (gardening, toys, play, schools, etc.)
Describe how you are feeling and what you are doing with your child
Have them listen to children's music and audio-books
Make eye contact with your child when he or she speaks
Talk slowly and clearly to your child
Find ways to make conversations fun and exciting for your child
If you have concerns about your child meeting their speech and language milestones, we highly recommend speaking to your pediatrician. Our Speech Language Pathologists will then conduct a comprehensive evaluation to assess speech and language skills.