Your child is growing faster than you would like him or her to. But there is one aspect missing from you developing kid - a growing vocabulary. It may be difficult to know whether your child is a late bloomer in language development. Speech problems can be very frustrating -- when it seems as though your child's words develop at a slower rate.
But when is it time to call for concern? Knowing what's normal and what's not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned, or if your child is right on schedule. Doctors recommend that concerned parents seek help. Sometimes though, a simple hearing test solves the problem. Still, the University of Michigan said it's best to treat speech problems the earlier they are detected. Here are a few milestones for average toddlers.
* 0 - 12 Months: babble a few words.
* 12 - 18 Months: child should know between five to 20 words.
* 18 - 24 Months: he or she should be able to combine two or three word sentences.
* 3 years old: increased vocabulary up to 450 words.
* 4 years old: creative story telling.
Parents concerned with their toddlers language development are encouraged to discuss the issue with their pediatrician. For more information or warning signs of delayed speech development visit the kids' health organization web page.