Becoming a Toddler (12 to 18 months)

Your little one is becoming a toddler and is curious about everything around him/her. Take the opportunity through play, reading and    music to encourage your child’s speech and language development.

By 15 months, most children will

  • take turns making sounds
  • say 2 or 3 words, but not clearly
  • understand "no" and shake their head
  • reach or point to something they want while making a sound
  • understand simple questions or directions like "where is your nose?", "show me your shoe"

By 18 months, most children will

  • understand words and point to parts of their bodies like "nose, ear"
  • look for things when asked to, like "get your hat"
  • make new gestures and/or words like you do
  • make gestures or ask for "more" or "again"
  • use at least 20 words

How YOU can help your child’s speech and language grow

  • show new objects and toys to your child - talk about what you and your child are doing - use short sentences
  • play with your child using the toys he/she likes
  • read lots of books together, but don't worry about reading all the words - talk about what your child is interested in
  • pay attention to what your child is saying instead of how he/she is saying it - his/her speech won't be clear yet
  • don't just get what your child wants; wait for your child to ask
  • if your child doesn't say a word properly, repeat it the right way without correcting him
  • don't use "baby talk" - use real words
  • use words to label objects, actions and describe how things look, feel, taste and sound

when to call for help

  • Your child does not make sounds or gestures like you do.
  • Your child started to use words, but stopped.
  • Your child does not use any words.

don’t wait - early help makes a difference!

call 519-272-8216
or toll-free 1-866-333-7716
and ask for smalltalk