How many words should your toddler know?


How many words should my child be saying at 1 year, 2 years and 3 years? The Director of North Shore Speech Therapy, Lauren Reinhardt, uses this video to explain the spectrum of language development, and how this can answer that question that parents so often ask.


Last week, Lauren Reinhardt from North Shore Speech Therapy discussed the differences seen in language development in boys and girls, and presented the language development spectrum. This week, she’s back to provide some information on how many words your child should be using at some crucial stages of speech and language development:

  • 1 year
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 years

She also explains if expectations remain the same for children who speak in two languages (bilingual), and if the clarity of your child’s speech makes a difference.

These vocabulary benchmarks are the same for boys and girls, and provide helpful guidelines about what you should be looking out for as your little one begins to talk and put words together. Research suggests that the number of words in a child’s vocabulary before they start school is directly linked to their academic and social development as they begin formal education. This highlights how important it is to seek advice from a Speech Pathologist if you are concerned that your child is not learning as many new words as they should be. They can provide advice and equip you with the strategies and skills you need to assist in developing your child’s vocabulary at home.


Stay tuned for more videos from Lauren, exploring some important language milestones and when you should be looking out for these in your little ones. For more information, go to the North Shore Speech Therapy website.


Lauren Reinhardt is a Speech Pathologist and Mother of twins. She grew up on the North and works with her awesome team of Speechies at North Shore Speech Therapy, Neutral Bay, Chatswood and Hornsby As well as supervising other Speech Pathologists, Lauren has presented nationally, co-authored resource books and her team regularly consults for The Department of Education and Independent schools around Sydney. Lauren is passionate about changing lives through helping families improve communication. “Children entering school with more words do better socially, emotionally and academically. Every child deserves to understand and express themselves and every parent deserves to learn how to help their kids achieve this.” - Lauren

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