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IF MY CHILD IS LEARNING 2 LANGUAGES, DOES THAT DELAY THEM FROM SPEAKING AT A CERTAIN AGE?

There are a lot of myths associated with learning two languages. 

Typically developing children should meet the same language milestones regardless of if they are exposed to one or two languages. It is important to keep in mind typical language developmental milestones and remember that your child should meet these milestones accordingly.  Those milestones include:

  • Beginning to babble at 4 months
  • Pointing and using gestures such as waving for hi/bye bye at 7-9 months
  • Using their first word at 1 year
  • Speaking 50 spontaneous words by the age of two (words in each language can be counted)
  • Putting words together to make sentences between the ages of 3 and 5

Some children that are bilingual could take one or two months longer to develop these skills, but typically no more than that.  Sometimes you will see children switch words between their languages which is known as "code switching", and that is normal for a bilingual child. 

If your child is not meeting his/her developmental milestones appropriately, it's important to seek out an evaluation by a bilingual speech therapist for advice regarding the best ways to help your child learn more than one language. Please know that if you feel your child needs therapy services, we advise that you consult your pediatrician.