How many words should a child say?
Children's language abilities are formed from birth. It is expressed through crying, laughter, babbling... Each baby has its own rate of development. Some children can speak fast, some children can speak slowly. Some children talk a lot, some children talk less.
So how many words should a child say? This is a fairly common question asked by parents. Parents are always worried and ask themselves the question: does my child meet the standards? Is it a speech delay intervention?
Here are the milestones studied in the first 4 years of a child's life:
|12 Months||1 word||2-6 words|
|18 Months||20 words||50 words|
|2 Years||100 words||200-300 words & combining 2 words|
|3 Years||300 words||1000 words & combining 3 words|
|4 Years||900 words||2000 words & combining 5+ words|
The "MILESTONE" column displays the minimum number of words a child has at a certain age. The majority of children will reach this milestone. If it's lower than expected, your child is at risk for a language delay and may need early intervention. See a speech therapist for advice.
The "AVERAGE" column shows the number of words 50% of children can say at each age. This isn't the maximum, but rather common. There are plenty of kids that age who have a vocabulary around this statistic.
Please check the board system to see if your child is on a safe level.
Here are some ways to help children practice speaking faster, simply and effectively:
Talk to your child often:
Talking about all kinds of things, this method is simple but very effective. Try it now!
Don't overemphasize quality:
Please be patient and repeat it several times if the child does not pronounce it correctly the first time. Children must feel confident when talking to their parents, before they can speak clearly.
There is a clear response:
Back-and-forth dialogue is always highly effective. Interact, respond, and praise your baby.
Words go hand in hand with action:
Talking and doing guided movements will help your baby learn faster. Children will learn more words suitable for intonation and situations.
Name the baby:
This is the most effective method of communication. It is the sound the baby hears most often, so it will also remember the longest. Look at your baby when calling and talking
Give your child the opportunity to:
Give your child a chance to "express himself". Therefore, before each sentence or question, the mother should pause for 10–15 seconds so that the child can continue to talk or say what he thinks.
Use simple words:
Avoid using long sentences, complicated words, difficult to remember when talking to children. This makes it easier for your baby to remember as well as to focus on important information.
Remove unnecessary noise:
Children are easily enticed by exciting sounds from TVs or music players. Therefore, when talking to your baby, you should remove unnecessary sounds so that your baby can focus more.
Learning the game:
Through play, children also easily learn many new words, as well as completely different contexts from everyday life.