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The 25 words EVERY toddler must know by the age of two

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toddlerCHILD experts have listed 25 words that every two year old must use.

The words and phrases, which cover toys, food, animals and, of course, include ‘mummy’ and ‘daddy’ and ‘bye bye’ are designed to identify children who may struggle with words in their school years.

Being slow to talk can also be a sign of deeper problems from deafness to autism.

The 25 ‘must have’ words are part of a much larger list of 310 words that should be in a toddler’s vocabulary and designed to be ticked off in 10 minutes by parents.

They are:

Mummy

Daddy

baby

milk

juice

hello

ball

yes

no

dog

cat

nose

eye

banana

biscuit

car

hot

thankyou

bath

shoe

hat

book

all

gone

more

bye-bye

The 25 words listed here are among the most common and the first acquired when learning to speak.

Professor Leslie Rescorla, who designed both versions of the test, said: ‘If children don’t use most of these words by 24 months, they may be late talkers.’

Many late-talkers are simply late bloomers, so the professor says that if a child is otherwise developing normally, parents shouldn’t panic.

But if the child is still struggling for words by two and a half, they should consider help such as speech therapy, and certainly not put this off past the age of three.

The claims were made at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference in Vancouver.


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