How many words does your 15 month old say? Anyone know the average?
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Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2009
Don't worry! I have been learning alot about how children learn to speak because my older son now 30 months became deaf at 12 months and we are just getting him caught up now that he has cochlear implants. My 14 month old is not saying many words yet but he is repeating the music of our conversations. What happens is that a child must hear a word 100 times before he can understand it and another 100 before he can say it. The second year of life listening happens in a different way and is no longer about sorting out sounds but is about paying attention to words and creating little auditory pathways in the brain. The more you talk to your baby and read to him and sing to him the faster he will talk but it takes time and with some kids longer than others. We are constantly talking in our house with a running comentary of everything that is going on so that both kids are constantly hearing words. Their progress also depends on the development of their control of the tongue muscle. Some sounds are easy to pronounce and some require greater control and are therefore more difficult. Its not a coincidence that the vowels and d, t, m, g are the first sounds and words kids make - they are at the front of the mouth and easy. As they develop they get greater control of their tongue and can say other sounds - this too just takes time and lots of imput from you. Once the first words come the vocabulary grows exponentially. As long as there is no hearing issue - he should be fine - keep inputing sounds and words - simple motherease to begin with and age appropriate books, games etc. As I was told early on in our hearing journey - have you ever met an adult that did not speak? In my case the answer was no! Good luck!
Our Dr. said they should have any where from 15 to 20 by the time they are 1 1/2. How ever our 17 month old only says 6-7 (momma, dadda, no, shet or shit, chiken, shut up... a new word, and a few that dont come out right like moo- milk, neitgh- night, nan- nanna. Our Dr said that even the words that dont come out right count. Cuz they are still trying to say a word. Now we are part of a play group and many of the kids that are 1 1/2 -2 still dont say that many words. So dont stress your lil one will say things when he/she wants... just like many of the other skills. If you are stress'n about this then talk to your Dr. they know you two the best:)- God Bless
None that are understandable. I'm not surprised. She's 18 months this month and spot on with the speech delay her siblings have had. I've already got a speech language pathologist lined up for her. I'm not sure of the average but I believe by age two it is 50 words in the vocabulary.
Laura - posted on 06/14/2014
My little one (just 15 months) says quite a lot of words fairly clearly (I think about 30+) but I think it is unusual because I other babies I know around the same age hardly say anything and people always seem surprised when she comes out with things. Words she says quite clearly and usually in the right context include: mummy, daddy, cup, coat (although this also applied to cardis, jumpers etc.), shoes, hat, ball, nana (for banana), no (of course!), apple, come, cheese, baby, teddy, doggy, moo, baa, ok/ okidoki, hiya, happy, poo, clock, yum yum, cold, uh-oh, 'oh dear' and 'what's this?' and then there are a number of other words that are less distinct such as 'uk' (meaning look) and she blabbers a lot of other sounds as well as though she's telling me something important. Plus she says a couple of Turkish words (because her dad speaks Turkish). I talk to her a lot so I think that helps but she's obviously naturally very observant and aware - like the other day she was saying 'ball, ball' for no apparent realised but then I realised there was a ball on the top shelf and another day she seemed to be randomly saying 'nana' till I realised there was a poster behind me with bananas on it! I'm constantly amazed!
Sarah - posted on 03/29/2011
my son only says a few words mum dad mee wee! but i talk to him everyday and read so i dont worry too much i think girls talk more than boys and boys are quicker at motor skills eg climbing walking and so on. ps he is 20 months so dont worry x
Monica - posted on 09/04/2009
Hi. I'm an educator. Early language development studies said that the average for a 2yr old is 50 words. But each child develops at a different rate. Some might be saying less than 50, others more. You also have to pay attention to the number of words your child is putting together. Two word sentences like "lets go" "more milk" "go outside" are expected by the age of 2. I recommend to keep track of his/her progress by making a list of the words and sentences. You can encourage the production of vocabulary by playing with picture cards and kind of "forcing" the speech by asking "Do you want your book" instead of just handing it when the baby points to it. You also by law (I'm not sure if in all the sates) have the right to go to your school district and ask for a speech evaluation and depending on the results you can get services(special education and speech therapy) sometimes from age 2 on sometimes from age 3. Hope this helps.
Lorie - posted on 09/04/2009
My son is 14 months as well and he can say 15 words. I wouldn't worry about it, every child gets to different stages in life at their own pace. If you are worrying ALOT, go to your doctor and ask them just to get that reassurance.
Nichol - posted on 09/04/2009
My twins were preemies and my son was delayed in motor skills but spot on in cognitive/expressive. My daughter was the opposite, she was 2 yrs old and barely saying 5 words. We went through speech therapy and the therapist told me that when you play, make sounds along with the toys. Like when you play with a car, say "zzzzzzoooom", when they bang on something say, "bang bang bang" and really emphasize the sounds. In 6 months of speech therapy she progressed soo much! She still doesn't say things as clearly as her brother, but she's now got about 50-75 words in her vocab and she tries to repeat everything. Therapy sessions were more like play time, she didn't even realize she was learning anything! Just continue reading, the picture books helped out a ton. And make sounds with everything you do, make it all a game.
Grace - posted on 09/03/2009
I do know that boys are historically slower at picking up language skills than girls. I have a 19 month old son and the only things he says really really clearly are: mama, dada, dog, bye, hi, the end, ball, up, and his favorite "no". He is constantly jibber jabbering and sometimes we can make out what he's saying, but the vast majority of the time, we just say "Yeah, and what else...tell me all about it" to encourage the jabbering because eventually it will become language.
Nunthiya - posted on 09/03/2009
Don't worry, your child will definitely say lots of words. Leo my 1st son didn't say any words or sounds at the age that he should so I was appointed to see the speech therapist. His mind and thoughts just developed faster than his speech that is what the speech therapist told me. So in the end nothing to worry about. My mum told be that I didn't say anything until I turned 2.... then I spoke the whole sentence.
Amanda - posted on 09/03/2009
dont stress about how many words she is saying at 15 months, they are really still babies at this age. My daughter is now 24 months and using english sentences like grazy - she stunts us really (and on top we are afrikaans speaking) and i recall her not saying that many words at 15 months!
Lauren - posted on 09/02/2009
My son will be 14 months old tomorrow and he can say 12-15 words. But I am constantly talking to him throughout the day. Every night when we are reading his books I go over the pictures and try to make him say what they are or repeat them after me.
Rebecca - posted on 09/02/2009
Every child is different! My son is 13 months old and says about 5 words properly, but blabs on and on continually. However my nephew is 17 months and doesn't say anything other than mummum and daddad. But my eldest nephew was the same and didn't start expanding his vocab till about 2. And now (he's 4) he is up to the standard. I think a lot of people put too much pressure on mums and kids to meet these 'standards' however as long as you talk and read to your child everyday, they will grasp it when they are ready! :)
Heather - posted on 09/01/2009
My youngest is 16 months and doesn't say anything yet. He tries to say mommom, dada, dog, kitty, but everything else is just grunts and reaches or points. The doctor we go to was rather rude at our checkup and told me that I had to make him talk. I understand what he meant, but I do make him try. I think that every child is different and develop at their own pace. Praise the words your child does say, the others will soon come.
Candice - posted on 09/01/2009
the thing about averages is there is such a wide range. don't stress too much about it. some kids walk early and talk late, others talk early and walk late. kids are all different. unless there is a serious delay at 2 years or so, your child will move at their own pace.
Jana - posted on 09/01/2009
I am not sure how many the average is, but I know my daughter acts like she is talking 90 miles an hour. The words that we understand are dada, mama, moo. She tends to go to the door she wants something from and hits on it with her hand or her butt, wether it is to go outside or get something out of the frig.
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