Since my son’s first birthday, I’ve wondered when do kids start talking. My daughter was a chatter box the minute she was born. She cooed and made noises from the very beginning (at four-years-old, she still hasn’t stopped!).
But, when my son turned one this year, I really started to notice his lack of sounds and words. Even though I was a preschooler teacher for years and I really knew what to look out for, I was starting to think that I was missing something.
So, we turned to our Facebook community at Quirky Momma to find out about other family’s experiences. We were really curious about when other kids started talking and when we should be worried!
How Old Are Kids When They Start Talking?
My Experience with My Son’s Speech
I think the most common reaction I heard from people when I told them that I was worried about my son’s language development was, “BUT, he’s only ONE!”
I remember thinking…yes, but something doesn’t seem right. He makes eye contact, he is a big mover, and everything seems on track in other areas of his development, but it just seemed like making sounds was really hard for him!He has always been frustrated by communication and he has always been a screamer because of that deep frustration, so I was starting to feel like I couldn’t support him.
Use Your Words
I just wanted to help him use his words!
After stepping back, I realized that I needed to try to approach language differently with him.
Slow Down & Accentuate
I know my son is a big mover, so I was guessing he learned best through movement, or a kinesthetic learning. I started slowing my speech down when I talked with him and really articulated each sound.
Baby Sign Language to the Rescue
Then, I learned a few more baby signs (although, he’s eighteen months now, I have to say that baby signs aren’t just for the first year!).
After a month, I’m thrilled to say my son is making a lot of progress! He’s language has exploded!
But, at what age should kids start talking?
What Other Moms, Dads & Teachers Told Us
Lots of people will tell you that it’s ‘normal’ or just ‘wait and see’, but the simple fact is that at this age it’s tricky to tell whether he is just a ‘late bloomer’ or whether he actually has a language disorder (difficulty learning and using words). With a child who is learning two languages, it’s not considered an issue if they are speaking well in one of the languages. If your son is not using many words in either Portugese OR English, then I recommend you contact your local speech pathologist. Early Intervention is best!
“Be patient!!! A child has to hear a word hundreds of times before it’s retained.”
Every child is different and speaks in his or her own time. My advice to you though is to keep speaking to him and to not give up!
“I am a speech therapist. If he doesn’t have more than 50 words (both languages combined) I would get him evaluated by a licensed speech language pathologist to be safe.”
Delayed Speech and Language Development
As I was researching about language development and speech delays, I can across some articles that were helpful:
- Figure out what the normal milestones are for speech development with this article on delayed speech and language development from kids health.
- Understand language development from the earliest stage with this article on Developmental Milestone: Talking from Baby Center
When did your child start talking? What advice would you give?