There are variations of normal speech and language development. Some children will begin speaking sentences by 18 months of age, while other children may not begin until 3 years of age. Your child should understand instructions by 18 months (receptive speech) even though he/she may not be talking yet (expressive speech).
Many children will repeat the first sound or syllable of a word when they first begin to speak in sentences. An example is "bbbbbaby wants his ball." This is normal and will disappear in time. Do not confuse this with stuttering. Be patient and wait for your child to finish. Do not draw attention to your child's speech by asking him/her to slow down, take a deep breath, or begin the sentence again.
If your child exhibits any of the following, please bring it to our attention: