when do children start using three syllable words
I found another post on the subject:
We’ve been baffled by the vocabulary she has and lack thereof. I think I expected a toddler to start saying easy short words. Colors, action words like more or up/ down. since Christmas she has said things like “Merry Christmas”, “hamburger”, “basketball” and today she has been saying “bicycle”!
As a final note, I wrote this as a guide for parents. It is not meant to be a complete examination of speech development and is by no means a substitute for an evaluation by a Speech-Language Pathologist.
For example, a child may say “dah” for dog, “da” for dad, and “doo” for two. Using a few different vowels greatly improves how well a word can be understood. If dog, dad, and two all sounded like “duh” then it would be really hard to figure out the meaning.
Please don’t do that 🙂
Jargon (when child tries to talk as fast as parents and it comes out as jibber-jabber, very expressive but not understandable) is replaced by meaningful phrases
- Have a hearing test done. As many as three out of 1,000 newborns have hearing loss, which can cause delayed speech development. Most states require a hearing screening in the hospital right after birth. Take your baby in for a full hearing exam by age 3 months if he or she doesn’t pass the initial hearing screening.
- See a speech-language pathologist. A SLP can diagnose and treat specific speech, language, or voice disorders that delay speech. Treatment may include giving parents tips and games to improve speech problems in babies and improve a child’s language skills.
- Consider developmental screening. Up to 17% of children in the U.S. have a developmental or behavioral disability such as autism spectrum disorder or cognitive disability. Ask your baby’s doctor about screening for these developmental problems, which can cause speech delays.
Before babies learn to talk in a real language — English, say, or Spanish — they babble and coo, playing with sound. That’s baby talk, and baby talk sounds similar the world over.
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While early talking is a sign of giftedness, not speaking early isn’t a sign one way or the other.
Words will still not be perfect. Your child will start using some of the harder consonants, first the d, n, and t, which are produced between the tongue and the roof of the mouth.
During this year, your child will use more consonants, although they may be mixed up, and they may drop the syllables at the end of words.
By the age of 36 months, your child hasn’t started to use two- or three-word phrases, doesn’t follow simple instructions, speaks incoherently, or is difficult to understand.
From then on, your baby will pick up more words from you and everyone else around him. And sometime between 18 months and 2 years, he’ll begin to form two- to four-word sentences. As your baby makes mental, emotional, and behavioral leaps, he’s increasingly able to use words to describe what he sees, hears, feels, thinks, and wants.
I am just wondering if our SLP’s thoughts on him having sequencing issues is the same as Apraxia or another concern completely?
Two-word phrases usually emerge when a child is between 15 and 21 months and after a child has 50 words. It sounds like your little guy is in PRIME TIME for learning phrases. Model phrases frequently for him using words he can already say on his own. Try the other tips listed in the post as well. With a little work on your part, these should appear in no time at all! Keep us posted! Laura
As with the two-syllable word lists, the words are presented in order of increasing difficulty. As you move through the lists, your child will encounter more and more words where he has to try a second, or even a third, option before he recognizes the word.
Pay particular attention to the chunked words te-le-phone and e-le-phant. Breaking off the /l/ sound from the /e/ sound preceding it is a bit tricky for many children, but after a few attempts your child will be able to do it.