McLean Speech & Language
6845 Elm Street, Suite 440
McLean, VA 22101
Office: 703-734-0211
Fax: 703-734-0501

How do I know if my child has a language problem?

Please refer to the charts below as a general guideline. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office and speak with one of our therapists.

Normal Childhood Development of Language

Gross Development

8 months Object Constancy
12 months First Word
12-18 months Single word period; strings single words together
18 months Two words
24 months Simple sentence components
24-36 months Grammatical inflection; content words
36 months Basic sentence types
48 months Elaborations of basic sentence types

Vocabulary

1 ½ 22 words
2 272 words
2 ½ 446 words
3 896 words
3 ½ 1,222 words
4 1,540 words
4 ½ 1,870 words
5 2,072 words

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