How can I help my 18 month old speak better?

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delays in language are actually one of

the most common types of delays and it

affects about one in every five children

or in other words about 20% of kids will

actually learn to speak a little bit

later than other kids their age and this

can be very concerning to parents who

have noticed that their kids seem to be

a little bit behind

sometimes it's temporary and can be just

worked on from home and they overcome it

and other times specialists are

necessary like speech therapists and you

did mention that your 18 month old

little girl is having some issues here's

the norm there are there's a lot of

variability in this but usually kids are

about 18 months old should say about 20

words and then they rapidly increase

between 18 and 24 months and by about

their second birthday most kids are

saying about 50 words and then they

start to combine words to make little

sentences so naturally most kids start

to say small little sentences after

their second birthday like daddy big or

those sorts of things and they should be

able to follow simple commands like if

you go if you say go over there and pick

that up for mommy please they should be

able to go over and pick it up after you

pointed to it and spoken to them about

it now you want to know specifically

things you can do from home to increase

the likelihood that your daughter will

be able to get past this and won't need

a therapist or other specialists to get

involved there are definitely things you

can do from home to decrease the

likelihood that she'll need to have

specialists involved and you can just

hopefully move past this on your own at

home with her by working with her

basically the more you talk to her the

more she's going to learn and hopefully

the more she'll respond so just talk

through your day with her she's probably

with you all the time and so no matter

what you're doing driving down the road

shopping at the grocery store cooking

dinner or cleaning bring her along with

you and use words to describe what

you're doing and avoid using baby talk

speak to her as if you were speaking to

an older child or an adult and sit down

and read books to her and point to

things and say what they are there's

tons of picture books with just a single

item on a page and so you can point to a

ball and say ball and two grapes and say

grapes and she'll learn you know to

associate those objects with the word

that you're teaching her

and hopefully that will increase her

vocabulary if you're noticing that this

isn't making a difference then talk to

the pediatrician again about your

concerns and if she ends up meeting

specialists involved and that's not a

bad thing they can give you more tools

to help her overcome and to be able to

catch up with peers that are her age if

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