When to get help

In order to see where your child’s language development is in relation to his or her peers, you can complete a checklist for speech and hearing. By 2 years old, your child should be doing most of the following things:

• Understand and can follow simple requests (even if they may choose not to do what you ask). For example, “go get your shoes.”
• Listen and be interested in simple stories
• Name what they see in pictures
• Try to use 2 words together. For example “more milk”
• Learning more words every week

Keep in mind though that each child develops at his or her own pace and has different strengths. It may be perfectly normal for your child to pick up language more slowly.

If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language, talk to your health care provider or contact a speech-language pathologist at VCH. If services are needed, it’s important to start them as early as possible.