18 Months

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What to expect

18 Months

A child of 18 months following the normal developmental pattern will usually have acquired the following:


  • Have a vocabulary of around 6-20 recognisable words.
  • Use gesture to support words.
  • Use their name when referring to themselves.
  • Demanding desired objects through gesture, words or vocalisations.
  • Attempts to sing and join in nursery rhymes.
  • Understands 'no'.
  • Passes objects to adults on request.
  • Follows simple commands e.g. 'get your shoes'.
  • Can point to hair, shoes, nose and feet on request.

Play and Social

  • Gives notice of toilet needs.
  • Will explore their surroundings with understanding and no sense of danger.
  • Stops taking toys to mouth.
  • Plays with household objects with interest, copying daily routines e.g. sweeping, reading a book, feeding a doll.
  • Plays alone, although likes a familiar adult or child to be nearby.
  • Placing objects in an out of containers, learning the size of objects.

Eating, Drinking and Swallowing

  • Your child can now manage eating table foods (non-pureed food) which have been cut up.
  • Able to keep lips closed whilst chewing.
  • Able to eat with little spillage of food from the lips.
  • Swallowing pattern now well coordinated.

If you are concerned about your child's development or feel they are not following the typical pattern of development you can book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists, by emailing office@slt.co.uk or calling 0161 883 007.

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