Candysoh asks:

My 18 month old boy
does not say anything beyond Daddy & mama, does my child need Speech Therapy?

In Topics: Speech and language issues, Children and stress
> 60 days ago



Apr 5, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

By the age of 18 months, a child should be able to say 10-20 recognizable words. Some of the more common words they should know are “mama,” “dada,” “bye,” “hi,” “ball,” “go,” and “eat.”  However, keep in mind that every child does develop at a different rate. 

I suggest that you continue to encourage your son to say new words by showing him a ball and asking him to repeat the word "ball" to you.  It may take a couple of tries, so try not to get discouraged too easily. 

If you don't see any progress after a month or so of working with your son, I would suggest having him evaluated by a speech-language pathologist. 
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