My three year old talks constantly, but I can’t understand everything he’s saying. We communicate by pointing quite a bit. Is this normal?
Normal is a relative term. Speech development, like other developmental milestones, occurs at different times for different children. What is important, right now, is that you have a concern that there may be a problem with your child’s expressive language development. It is important to voice your concerns with your child’s doctor, and ask about securing a speech assessment. Once the assessment is complete, you will have a better idea if a problem exists, and what services are available in your area. One of the best parenting rules that exists: “If you have a doubt, check it out!”
Michelle Reynolds, Director of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Last update: Wednesday, April 14, 2010