The 25 Words your 2 year old should say

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The 25 Words your 2 year old should say

I got this article from Parents.com and thought I would share it (here's the link also http://www.parents.com/blogs/red-hot-parenting/2012/02/23/health/the-25-words-a-2-year-old-should-be-saying/?sssdmh=dm17.585979&esrc=nwpmmdailytip031412t1&email=2422220111)

By age 2, most kids are talking. There is a wide range in the number of words they use, but it?s typically suggested that they are using at least 50. However, as reported by Heidi Evans in the NY Daily News, new research by Dr. Leslie Rescorla (a professor and clinician at Bryn Mawr College) is refining this perspective by listing the 25 most common words that toddlers master ? and suggesting that if your 2-year-old isn?t, at a minimum, using these words, then it makes sense to seek out an evaluation. Here is the list, as quoted from the NY Daily News article:

Mommy
Daddy
baby
milk
juice
hello
bye-bye
yes
no
dog
cat
ball
nose
eye
banana
cookie
car
hot
thank-you
bath
shoe
hat
book
more
all gone

What you should note about the list is that these are the basic words that are most frequently used conversationally by toddlers as they interact with their world. So if a 2-year-old isn?t routinely using them, it?s time to talk to your pediatrician about getting an evaluation. There could be many reasons why spoken language isn?t developing at the typical rate (there could be a hearing problem, an issue with the mechanics of speaking, or early signs of an underlying learning disorder or autism spectrum disorder) ? and it may turn out to be that the words will just come with time. But, this is the age to start screening and evaluating, so that if there is a detectable problem, an appropriate intervention can be discussed and implemented. This last point is the critical one, as the earlier an intervention starts, the more effective it will be.

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Thanks for sharing. I read this also. Thankfully, my girls have all of those words and more. We can understand Keira more than Sarafina. I think Sarafina has a lot of words and her brain moves too fast for her little tongue and jaw muscles, so she does not ennunciate as well as Keira. You should hear her when she sings. We have no clue what she is singing. She enjoys it though. Smile

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Yeah I should say that Zayne is QUITE the talker I can understand when he says stuff (all of the words) but I'm not 100% sure that everyone else can understand him.

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Hayden uses NONE of these. We've had her evaluated, her hearing tested and speech therapists have seen her. They all told us, along with my doctor, to take her 100% off dairy. This was 4 weeks ago now. Taking her off dairy products has done a complete 360 in her behavior and she us starting to use more sounds, no words yet but definitely working in that direction. He behavior difference is astounding. She hugs, kisses, has quit ignoring me and DH, plays with other kids, plays with her toys instead of just dumping them and goes to bed without a fight and has staring napping again! It's amazing. I have been told by numerous doctors and nurses that dairy allergies can wreak havoc on your body and cause delays. The poor little thing just never felt good so she was always acting up. She understands orders or directions now ( ie " go get the ____" or " do you want ____ or _____" she just has to point right now until the words come.

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Wow Brooke, that is amazing! It is really astounding what food allergies can do. I am so glad your doctors were so quick to stop dairy. What I don't understand is why allergists and doctors don't talk about it more. Here in the US, people make you seem like a quack if you say that your child's behavior was due to milk, gluten, etc. No one wants to really test for it either. When I asked the allergist to check my DS for a milk allergy, they acted like I was crazy. They said he should have hives or other reactions, and if he doesn't he is not allergic to it. Now, I did push for testing. All they would do was a scratch test and under the skin testing. They would not do any bloodwork at all to see if anything was elevated. I understand it won't tell me that is 100% allergic to a food via blood test, but it will tell us if he has allergies. Right now, all we get is that he isn't reacting yet, but we are sure he is allergic to something. Really?

There are several books out that talk about healing for things like ADHD, Autism, and such that discuss how sometimes it is really a metabolic disorder and not a behavior disorder at all. Our ped agreed with that when we discussed it (not because I was concerned about my kids, but I wanted his opinion on it). He does believe that ADHD and Autism are overdiagnosed because people are not looking for metabolic disorders or underlying medical conditions. However, I don't think he wanted to go against conventions either, so he wouldn't talk about it any further.

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What made my doctor suspect dairy was that he knew how she was very close to talking " would say dadada, mamama" when I was nursing her ( I don't drink dairy but I'm not strict about it as an ingredient) and once I switched her to homogenized milk she stopped everything. He knows our family fairly well so he has seen the kids outside the office and got to see how she would act on a normal day.

I was terrified when they sent her for the autism testing. In the back of your mind the possibility is there when she wasnt talking by two, but it's still unnerving. I was so relieved when the testing came back negative.

I actually watched an episode of " the doctors" a few weeks ago ( I had just happened to see a commercial advertising what they would be discussing) and it was a doctor from the mayo clinic who dealt exclusively with dairy allergies. 365 days a year he deals with patients with milk allergies. He was saying it's much more common than you'd think and can cause really horrible effects to your body. People were very sick, some kids were being kicked out of school for behavior issues.. It's crazy.

Im glad we tried this, it royally sucks grocery shopping because dairy or dairy products are in everything, plus I'm allergic to nuts so it's a double whammy with ingredients being in certain things, but it's certainly a better option than others it could have been. We may still have to put her in a speech class because of the delay in speech but that's no biggie.

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Thanks for Sharing. Harley says all those words and then some. She really doesn't shut up too sometimes lol. Everyone is amazed at how much she says. There's still sometimes I can't understand her but for the most part You can understand what she's saying.

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"brookie13" wrote:

What made my doctor suspect dairy was that he knew how she was very close to talking " would say dadada, mamama" when I was nursing her ( I don't drink dairy but I'm not strict about it as an ingredient) and once I switched her to homogenized milk she stopped everything. He knows our family fairly well so he has seen the kids outside the office and got to see how she would act on a normal day.

I was terrified when they sent her for the autism testing. In the back of your mind the possibility is there when she wasnt talking by two, but it's still unnerving. I was so relieved when the testing came back negative.

I actually watched an episode of " the doctors" a few weeks ago ( I had just happened to see a commercial advertising what they would be discussing) and it was a doctor from the mayo clinic who dealt exclusively with dairy allergies. 365 days a year he deals with patients with milk allergies. He was saying it's much more common than you'd think and can cause really horrible effects to your body. People were very sick, some kids were being kicked out of school for behavior issues.. It's crazy.

Im glad we tried this, it royally sucks grocery shopping because dairy or dairy products are in everything, plus I'm allergic to nuts so it's a double whammy with ingredients being in certain things, but it's certainly a better option than others it could have been. We may still have to put her in a speech class because of the delay in speech but that's no biggie.

I have been debating removing Isaiah from dairy again. We did not cut it out completely when he was little, but he did not drink milk. I am wondering if we need to do the same again. He is so anxious and cries easily. He struggles with paying attention because his mind his always thinking about stuff he worries about or what could happen next. School has been awful this year. He learns just fine, but his teacher just doesn't deal with him well at all. Sad

I am so glad that all is going well now that you cut dairy. A speech class will give help her catch up, which is important.

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Keep in mind that an intolerance won't show up on any tests except an elimination diet! The boys and I did one with wheat a couple months ago, then reintroduced and all three of us reacted:( It's entirely possible that a food is responsible for his behaviors, whether he tests positive to it in allergen testing. Also, scratch tests are usually more accurate than blood tests. The boys had scratch tests done last month...