The list of words has been designed to enable health visitors and doctors to benchmark toddlers and easily identify early signs of dyslexia, deafness or autism and is part of a larger list of over 300 words that would be expected to be part of a toddler’s vocabulary.
Professor Leslie Rescorla, who designed the test told the conference that up to 20% of toddlers were considered to be behind their peers in regards to speech, however, up to 75% of these could be described as ‘late bloomers’ who would catch their peers over time, commenting; “If children don’t use most of these words by 24 months, they may be late talkers.”
The top 25 words are:
- All gone
- Thank you
- Bye Bye
- Was your child a 'late developer' when it came to talking
- Do you worry about your child's vocabulary?
- What activities do you take part in with your children to encourage good communication skills?
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