Late talkers vs autism

Comparing Late Talkers Vs Autism

When your child shows signs of speech delay, the first thought that crosses your mind is that they are autistic. And that thought causes a stream of cold sweat run down your spine because you know that ASD has no cure. Well, in this post, we want to demystify the difference between late talkers vs autism. Because the two are not the same things.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that begins right from childhood and continues all the way to their adulthood. Some of the key characteristics include:

  • Poor social interaction
  • Poor eye contact
  • Delay in speech
  • Abnormal tone of voice
  • Abnormal body posturing and facial expressions
  • Repetitive patterns or behaviors

Late talking on the other hand is where the child does not display language milestones like other children. They tend not to babble when they should, develop a mastery of words and sentences but they will end up catching up with the other kids as they age.

Having said that all autistic children display late talking but not all late talkers are autistic.

How can I encourage my 2 year old to talk

Children learn talking through play. You could get your kid a load of toys and encourage them to play with others so as to develop speech in the process.

You could ask your baby to help out in the kitchen and instruct them to pour out water, bring the plate and demonstrate it to them what you mean if they have a problem grasping what you are saying.

You also need to imitate them so that they learn that you appreciate what  they are doing.

What is a late talker?

A late talker according to Hanen.org is a toddler between the age of 18 to 30 months who has good play, thinking and social skills but has limited vocabulary for their age.

How can I help my child with speech delay?

The first thing that you need to do in helping your child with speech delay is make sure that they are hearing. You can do this by going to an ENT specialist to have their ears inspected. Once it is established that they are hearing and the only thing bringing them down is language delay, you can sign up for a session with a speech therapist in your area.

Home remedies involve the following:

  • Play therapy where the kid plays with others as they talk
  • Imitate your kid as they babble or make sounds
  • Try out music with them

What causes a child to have a speech delay?

Speech delay can be caused by many reasons such as:

  • Autism
  • Language impairment
  • It could also be caused by introduction of screen time at a tender age.

Can a child have speech delay and not be autistic?

Yes a kid can have speech delay and not be autistic. The only thing affecting late talkers is language impairment or simple delay. Autistic kids will have speech delay, doing things repetitively as well as poor social interaction. All autistic kids have late talking but late talkers do not have autism.

How many words should a 2.5 year old say?

A 2.5 year old should be able to say at least 200 words and at most 1000 words. They should say a phrase of two words for example “More milk”, “My mommy”, “My papa”. Family members and caregivers should be able to understand their words.

What is considered late talking?

Late talking is observed early when a child does not make language milestones at the expected times. Normally a kid is supposed to start babbling at the age of six months.