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A 28-year-old female asked:

Talking, my toddler is 17 months hasn't constructed a sentence yet but does give us one or two words a day, is this normal?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Not really: By 17 mo the average kid should use 5-10 words, understand simple commands and point to a picture if named. The cited word use is more of a 12-13 mo level. Short sentences are expected at about 20 mo. I would seek out a speech/hearing evaluation.
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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Possibly: It's a little on the low side, but can vary depending on sibs and how much pressure is placed to encourage useful use of words. If vocalizing without using words gets the desired effect, there is little need to speak the lingua franca. Meanwhile, having hearing checked is a good idea.
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Last updated Aug 15, 2018

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