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Teaching kids to talk: When to worry

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'The golden rule of thumb is how much can your child understand,' says Emma Citron. 'It's all about how clued in they are and whether they know what you mean.'

'If your child can understand more than one command in a sentence at the age of 2, then that's the most important thing.'

So the advice from Emma is even if your child isn't speaking as well as many other children of the same age, as long as they understand a sentence such as: 'Put your shoes on, go into the garden and get your toys,' then don't worry too much.

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'Many children who can't talk in very sophisticated language by the age of 3 go on to become successful university graduates,' says Emma.

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