How many words should my child say?

By October 10, 2018 May 14th, 2023 Speech Pathology
Child with language delay doing Speech Pathology to use more words

Parents often ask this question. In fact, it is one of the first questions parents ask our Speech Pathologists.

Why do parents worry about it?

The number of words that the child says is often the first clue that the child’s speech and language is not developing appropriately. Children vary in their speech and language development but we expect a certain number of words by a particular age. Some children use 5 words at 18 months, and other children use 200. It may surprise you to know, that both can be in the normal range.

How many words do most children say?

  • 12 months – 1
  • 16 months – 10
  • 18 months – 50
  • 24 months – 200

What is the minimum number of words a child should say?

  • 12 months – 0
  • 16 months – 1
  • 18 months – 5-10
  • 24 months – 50

What if my child isn’t using the minimum number of words?

If a child doesn’t say the minimum number of words then we recommend a Speech Pathology assessment. Communication development is complex but the number of words a young says can reflect a language delay or disorder.

What will the Speech Pathologist do?

The Speech Pathology will look at how many words your child says. They will look at whether your child says them spontaneously or imitates them. They will assess your child’s overall communication development. After that, the Speech Pathologist will make a recommendation about therapy. Some children need Speech Pathology. Other children benefit from parent training and the parents carry out recommendations at home.

How do I learn more about Speech Pathology?

How do I book my child in for Speech Pathology?

OneOnOne Children’s Therapy is a Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and ESDM clinic located in Bondi Junction and Mascot in Sydney. If you want to know how we can help your child then call us on (02) 80657837 or email us. Our Speech Pathologists would be really happy to talk to you about your concerns. If your child needs an assessment then they can book one. If your child appears to be developing well then they cam monitor your child’s progress every three months.