By this time you are fully aware whether your child is a late talker. A “Late Talker” is a child between 18-30 months who has good understanding of language, typically developing play skills, motor skills, thinking skills, and social skills, but has a limited spoken vocabulary for their age.
What you need to know
The difficulty late talking children have is specifically with spoken or expressive language. This group of children can be very puzzling because they have all of the building blocks for spoken language, yet they don’t talk or talk very little.
If a child has a limited vocabulary for their age and any of the above risk factors, we recommend consulting a speech-language pathologist. Instead of adopting a “let’s wait and see” approach, get help for children who are late to talk as early as possible.
What about the group of late talkers who seem to catch up on their own without intervention? Even though a large percentage of these children appear to catch up to their peers by the time they enter school, studies are showing that this group of children do not perform as well as their peers in certain aspects of language use such as language complexity and grammar. Therefore, intervention for all children presenting as Late Talkers is recommended, in order to prevent further language difficulties later on.