"How often do children choose between milk and juice in a day?" asked Sandra Thistlethwaite, specialist speech and language therapist. "Not very often, so we need to give them more useful vocabulary. What’s the first word a child says to express an opinion?"
‘No!’ we all chorused. You could spot the parents among us. All agreed that a good way of getting children to talk is to program the words "No" and "More" into their communication aids. We also found that the average two-year-old has a vocabulary of 278 words so children with speech and language problems should have access thesm as early as possible. This core vocabulary will also also reflect current obsessions from football to Iggle Piggle and the characters from the BBC's In the Night Garden.