Late talking in toddlers not a cause for worry

TODDLERS who are “late talkers” are at no increased risk of later behavioural and emotional problems, according to research that tracked Australian children into their late teens.

The WA-based study found young children who lagged behind the language skills of their peers at two years of age, but who had no other developmental delay, usually went through a “catch-up” phase before their school years.

Behavioural problems that were more common in late-talking toddlers were also seen to moderate as their communication skills improved, said Associate Professor Andrew Whitehouse from Perth

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