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Should I worry that my two-year-old doesn't talk?

My two-year-old won't talk. When do I worry? His 13-year-old half brother has autism. Help!
Submitted by rachelthistleth

Any child who is two and does not talk should be evaluated for a language delay. Because autism does run in families, it is particularly important since delayed or atypical language development is part of the autism spectrum disorder. In general, two-year-olds should have at least 50 vocabulary words and speak in two-word sentences. Talk to your child's doctor about getting a hearing test and a referral to a speech and language specialist.

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