Language development from 1 to 2 years old

Bub goes through a language explosion over this year.

At around 1 year old, bub has a big spurt in the part of the brain that holds meanings of words.

A few months later there is a burst of connections in the part of bub’s brain that holds all the basic rules of how words go together.

This helps bub know to put words in the right order when starting to say 2-word phrases, at around 18 to 24 months.

Talk and respond to bub because:

  • bub’s brain will start to connect sound, meaning and the order of words
  • bub is more likely to know and say more words.

Talk in positive language as much as possible because:

  • bub will have better language skills in later years
  • when bub hears words like ‘no’, ‘don’t’ and ‘stop’ over and over they may develop poorer language skills.
Published — 01 April 2019 Last updated — 01 April 2019

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