The boy can talk!

He’s catching up on all those months of no talking. Doctor’s visit after doctor’s visit, he would be behind on the speech portion of his developmental milestones checklists. It was bad enough that the doctor recommended he be screened for Early Steps, a program that evaluates kids who are developmentally behind and provides free supplemental training/therapy to boost their skills. Ben went through the evaluation and was found to be ok. But we were still worried. All the checklists quantified how many words he could say. For a while he didn’t have any words he consistently said.

Well, now he has lots of words! Let’s start a list:

  1. Mommy
  2. Daddy
  3. Up
  4. Please
  5. More
  6. Cat/kitty
  7. Dora (Dora the Explorer)
  8. Gabba (Yo Gabba Gabba TV show)
  9. Milk
  10. Water
  11. Cup
  12. Ball
  13. Key
  14. Car
  15. Click
  16. Conk (a word we say when you “conk” your head/foot/etc. on something)
  17. Ow
  18. No
  19. Yes
  20. Chip
  21. Dip
  22. Ben
  23. Thank you
  24. Apple
  25. Orange
  26. Juice
  27. On
  28. Dog
  29. Puppy
  30. Shoe
  31. Hair
  32. Head
  33. Belly/belly button
  34. Bubbles
  35. Pop
  36. Cover
  37. Kiss

And I’m probably forgetting some but he’s catching up!

Chart of milestones from

Child’s Age
Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
19 months Uses a spoon and fork
Throws a ball underhand
Enjoys helping around the house
Understands as many as 200 words
Recognizes when something is wrong (e.g., calling a dog a cat)
Washes and dries own hands with help
Points to picture or object when you call it by name
May know when she needs to pee
20 months Feeds doll
Takes off own clothes
Dumps an object in imitation, such as throwing garbage away
Learns words at a rate of ten or more a day
Can walk up stairs (but probably not down)
May start exploring genitals
Draws a straight line
Names several body parts
21 months Can walk up stairs
Able to set simple goals (e.g., deciding to put a toy in a certain place)
Throws a ball overhand
Kicks ball forward
Stacks six blocks
Names simple picture in a book
Can walk down stairs
22 months Kicks ball forward
Follows two-step requests(e.g., “Get your doll and bring it here”)
Does simple puzzles
Draws a straight line
Names several body parts
Puts on loose-fitting clothes
Might be ready for a big bed
Understands opposites (e.g., tall vs. short)
23 months Names simple picture in a book
Uses 50 to 70 words
Opens doors
Sings simple tunes
Takes more of an interest in playing with other kids
Talks about self (likes, dislikes)
Asks “why?”
24 months Names at least six body parts
Half of speech is understandable
Makes two- to three-word sentences
Talks about self
Arranges things in categories
Can walk down stairs
Begins to understand abstract concepts (e.g., sooner and later)
Becomes attuned to gender differences
Learns to jump

One thought on “The boy can talk!

  1. I’m glad he is talking, that is great news. I know where you were comming from. Jade is staring to say some words (she is 4.25 years old now) but not consistantly. I hope she gets to where Ben is now when Jade is 4.5.

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