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What is the latest age when it would be expected a child should be able to speak intelligible words? 17-month old child barely clearly say one word.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Define"intelligible"

By a 15m a kid should use 3-5 words, point to one body part & retrieve an object on request.
The quality of their words is meager. Strangers often understand about 50% of their utterances at 2, 75% by 3 and 95% by 4. If the kid appears delayed you can contact the local early childhood contractor for a speech & language evaluation. The kid also needs his doc to assess his/her hearing.

In brief: Define"intelligible"

By a 15m a kid should use 3-5 words, point to one body part & retrieve an object on request.
The quality of their words is meager. Strangers often understand about 50% of their utterances at 2, 75% by 3 and 95% by 4. If the kid appears delayed you can contact the local early childhood contractor for a speech & language evaluation. The kid also needs his doc to assess his/her hearing.
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