July 02, 2015

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

A: 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.

Answered by Dr. Ari Brown


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