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Toddler Developmental Milestones

Communication - What might my toddler do?

Understanding language is far more important to your toddler than actually speaking it. Once they really understand, they will communicate with you. Your toddler’s first words are almost always labels (ie: names for people, animals) or other things that are important to them.

As a toddler, your child will have a language explosion – they will understand more than they say, but they will imitate everything they hear, learn new words every day, start putting words together into short sentences and want to talk to you all the time!

The following are guidelines, taken from a number of sources. They will help you know what to expect and encourage next with your child’s language development, or when to consider a referral to a speech language therapist. It does not include everything and it is important to remember that there is variation in children’s language development. If you have any questions or concerns however, do not hesitate to call a speech language therapist.

Milestones for your toddler at 12-18 months:

Red Flags:

If your 12-18 month old toddler shows 2 or more of the following, contact the centre or make a referral to a speech-language therapist to ensure your child is not having difficulties with developing communication skills:

Milestones for your toddler at 18-24 (1½ - 2 years):

Red Flags:

If your 18-24 month (1½ - 2 year) old toddler shows 2 or more of the following,  contact the centre or make a referral to a speech-language therapist to insure your child is not having difficulties with developing communication skills:

Milestones for your toddler at 24-30 months (2 - 2 ½ years):

Red Flags:

If your 24-30 month (2-2 ½ year) old toddler shows 2 or more of the following, contact the centre or make a referral to a speech-language therapist to ensure your child is not having difficulties with developing communication skills:

Milestones for your toddler at 30-36 months (2 ½ - 3 years):

Red Flags:

If your 30-36 month (2-2 ½ year) old toddler shows 2 or more of the following,  contact the centre or make a referral to a speech-language therapist to ensure your child is not having difficulties with developing communication skills:

If you have concerns about your child at any age, please feel free to contact us to speak to an SLP. You can also make a referral to our centre at anytime.