Why is your toddler not talking yet? How can you tell if he is a late talker (like his father was), or has development issues?
Most kids utter their first word at the average age of 14 months, although some babies may say one or two words from as early as nine months, says Dr Natalie Epton, a specialist paediatrician and neonatologist.
Children who grow up in a bilingual or trilingual environment are often late talkers. They usually have excellent understanding of all the languages spoken at home, and can follow instructions, even though they are slow to verbalise.
If your tot isn’t talking by 18 months, this may indicate an underlying development problem and you should take him for an assessment, Dr Epton advises.
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