Parenting--Toddlers/Infants/Pre-Schoolers/Language Development


QUESTION: Dear Expert ,
    I have a 26 - Month baby he start talking some words and start also make simple sentence of 3 words just like " Hello grandba bus park" , but  he cannot say the whole words sometime , like bue == "Blue" , Appo == "Apple" , is this normal behavior on his age ? also he is left hand boy , is it normal that he can say some words that considered difficult more than others , like his name its too simple comparing with other words but he is not able to say his name .

Please I need your advise to check if my baby is within his milestone .

ANSWER: Hello Hiba,

Your son is developing just fine. Children at two years of age are just beginning to put words together. So, if he is saying two- and three-word combinations, he developing on schedule with his speech and language skills.

However, he is still learning about words and how to say them. Which means that some sounds will be more difficult. Again, it is typical for children (even up until ages 5, 6 and 7) to have difficulties pronouncing words correctly. "Bue" for "blue" is a typical way that young children mispronounce "blue." But, as with all young children his speech and language develop will seem uneven. That is, he may be able to say very difficult words, while mispronouncing seemingly easy words. Certain letter sounds come along later for many children; sounds such as "sh" (as in should), "ch" (as in church), "th" (as in thanks), and others. The fact that some names are difficult to pronounce is many times the reason why young children give their older siblings (who have difficult names to pronounce) nicknames (my sister was nicknamed Dee by our very young sister because she couldn't say Constance).

The best thing you can do as a parent is to read books to your son every day and talk to him all the time giving him frequent opportunities to hear a variety of words pronounced correctly over and over. That's how children  learn to speak.

I hope this helps. If you have more questions, email me again.

James Windell

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QUESTION: Thank you dear James for the above answer , my final question is " if talking earlier is related to Child's intelligence . "

Hello Hiba,

There is some relationship between intelligence and child development. On average, brighter children develop language faster.

But it is not true in all instances. I can only point to my own son as an example. He did not start talking until he was four years old. But today, he is an adult, who went to college and is a smart, articulate, and very verbal man.

The moral is don't be too concerned about your son reaching all the milestones like other children. Each child develops at their own pace. It's best to enjoy your child the way he is, but continue to do all of the things that encourage cognitive development. Those things include reading to him everyday, talking to him constantly throughout the day, making sure he eats healthy and nutritious foods, and that he gets plenty of physical exercise.


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I can answer questions related to normal child development, disturbed behavior and how to provide appropriate guidance and discipline.


I've been a clinical psychologist in a juvenile court, worked in school settings, been a child psychotherapist in a private psychiatric clinic and consulted with schools, courts, hospitals and daycare centers.

American Psychological Association
Michigan Psychological Association

I have been a columnist with the Oakland Press (Oakland County, MI) for 21 years writing a weekly column called Coping With Kids, which is also published weekly in the Staten Island Advance. I have been a mental health columnist with the Detroit Free Press and a columnist for Working Mother Magazine. In addition, I have published articles in professional journals. I have published 16 books, among them are "8 Weeks to a Well-Behaved Child" (IDG Books), "Discipline: A Sourcebook of 50 Failsafe Techniques for Parents" (IDG Books); "Children Who Say No When You Want Them to Say Yes" (IDG Books), "What You Need to Know About Ritalin" (Bantam Books) "6 Steps to an Emotionally Intelligent Teenagers" (John Wiley & Sons), "The Fatherstyle Advantage" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang) and "Defusing High Conflict Divorce" (Impact Publishers). My latest parenting book (2012) is "The Everything Child Psychology and Development Book." Articles about my work with parents has appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Sun Times, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press. My website at includes more information about me, my books and includes many columns I've written.

B.A. in Psychology from Wayne State University
M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Oakland University

Awards and Honors
Best Educational Program by Juvenile and Family Court Judges Association (National award for the development of a parent training program for parents of delinquent teenagers. Beth Clark Service Award from the Michigan Psychological Association.

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