Study: Late Talkers End Up Fine
July 7, 2011
by Sasha Emmons
My 2-year-old son’s a bit of a late bloomer as far as verbal skills, so I’m reassured to read a new study, published in the journal Pediatrics that found late talkers are no more likely to have mental health issues than their peers as they grew up.
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Researchers in Australia followed more than 1,400 toddlers into their teens (the first such study to do so), and found that although late talkers had more psychological problems like shyness or sadness than their on-target peers, those differences disappeared by age 5. Experts say this indicates a wait-and-see approach might be appropriate for lagging toddlers, although it’s still unclear at what age a language delay should be treated in order to prevent learning problems later on.
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Did you have a late talker? Did you get them help, or did they catch up on their own?