Critical Milestones for Toddlers
Children who have not reached the following milestones should be seen by a Speech-Language Therapist:
By 18 months
Children should use at least 20 words including nouns, verbs, prepositions, adjectives and social words.
By 24 months
Children should use at least 100 words, be combining 2 words together, and be using at least 2 verbs. Word combinations should be actively generated by the child, e.g.: "More drink" or "Mummy gone." (Memorised expressions do not count, e.g.: "What’s that?" and "Yes please" and "Bye-bye")
By 30 months
Children should use a minimum of 2 early sentences (including both a subject and a verb) inside half an hour’s play time with a parent. They should be building their own sentences rather than using mostly memorised expressions.