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Get Your Toddler Talking

Get Your Toddler Talking

Up until now, having a conversation with your child has been a pretty one-sided affair. But look out! Here comes a speech tsunami. Between the ages of 2 and 3, kids start picking up words faster than you can say “chatterbox.” Just check out the stats: at age 2, most children know 20 to 200 words; by age 3, that number soars to about 1,000.

Toddlers don’t hit those high numbers on their own, however. “Parents have a huge impact on their kids’ language and speech skills,” says Janet Felice, speech-language pathologist and coordinator of clinical services at the Atlanta Speech School. And the more you encourage your child to chat, the better he’ll do in preschool and beyond. “When kids start school, teachers expect them to have a pretty strong vocabulary,” says Felice. “If your child doesn’t develop a solid foundation as a toddler, he may struggle to keep up with the class.” Read more