Late talking toddlers tend to do fine as they grow up

This study will be as reassuring to parents as the “picky eaters do fine as they grow up” studies did. A new study in the journal Pediatrics is reporting that late talking does NOT predispose toddlers to behavioral and emotional disturbances later in childhood and adolescence.

According to a report in MedPage Today, “In a long-running cohort study, children whose ‘expressive vocabulary’ was delayed had no more problems later in life than those with normal language development, according to Andrew Whitehouse, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia.”

“Parents of toddlers who are ‘late talkers’ can feel reassured that their child’s expressive language delay does not put them at risk for later emotional or behavioral problems,” Adesman said.

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