Late talkers are children who have a delay in language development compared to their peers. The age at which late talkers begin to talk can vary widely, as it depends on the underlying cause of the delay and the individual child’s development.
In general, most children begin to say their first words around 12 months of age and begin to combine words into simple phrases by 18 to 24 months. If a child has not yet begun to talk or has very limited speech by the age of 2, they may be considered a late talker.
However, it’s important to note that not all late talkers have a developmental disorder or speech delay. Some children may simply be “late bloomers” and catch up with their peers over time. If you are concerned about your child’s language development, it’s always best to speak with a pediatrician or speech-language pathologist who can evaluate your child’s speech and provide guidance and support.