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Late Talkers Are No Problem

Most parents, even when they try to fight it, can’t help but compare their child’s developmental milestones to what all the parenting books say they should be as well as when other children in their life are reaching them.

When they sit up, start crawling, take their first steps, and of course when they say their first words. Though we try our best to remember each and every child is different, and rarely hit their milestones when the parenting books say they’ll hit them, sometimes we can’t help but be concerned when we feel like our child has somehow fallen behind. That is probably truest when it comes to starting to speak.

Based on my personal experience I notice that it is around the age of two or three that parents begin to grow concerned with what they see as a speech delay in their child. It is around this age (and slightly older) that parents might consider talking to their pediatrician or even visiting a speech therapist.

It’s easy to get scared when you begin to fear that your child’s speech development isn’t happening as it should be or that it may also cause lasting behavioral or emotional issues as well.

But parents can finally rest assure in regards to speech delays based on the results found in a recent study, which basically says that a toddlers language delay is no cause for concern.

The study, which was published in the July 4th issue of Pediatrics magazine, found that of the 1,400 children involved in the study 18% had a language delay. The big news is that the 18% of these toddlers showed that they were no more likely to have emotional or behavioral issues than children who did not have a language delay. The study also showed that these late talkers showed no difference in intellectual or developmental delay as well. They also tend to outgrow the frustration of not being able to communicate clearly.

“Parents should not be overly concerned that late-talking at age two years will result in enduring language and psychological difficulties for the child,” Dr. Andrew Whitehouse, an associate professor and of developmental psychopathology at the University of Western Australia in Subiaco, told HealthDay magazine.

Of course there can be variables in each child that should be discussed with the child’s pediatrician, but based on this study parents shouldn’t be overly concerned unless a child enters school and is still dealing with a language delay.

So if you’re concerned because your little two year old isn’t talking as much as your neighbors little chatty Cathy down the street, have no fear! You’re little one will talk when she’s ready too and you’ll probably be looking for her mute button in no time.

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