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Late Talkers Not at Risk for Behavior Problems Later On

Updated: Mar 8, 2020

Late-Talking Children May Have Behavioral and Emotional Issues as Toddlers, but Not as Teens


By Denise Mann (from WebMD Archives)


July 4, 2011 -- Late talkers or children with limited number of words by age 2 may have some behavioral and emotional issues as toddlers, but these issues will not follow them through their childhood and teen years. The new findings appear in the August issue of Pediatrics.

Researchers followed more than 2,800 children from birth through age 17. The 142 children who were late talkers did show mild levels of behavioral and emotional problems at age 2, but they were not at greater risk for such issues as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct problems, anxiety, or depression as they grew up.


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