Are boys more delayed in speech and language?

Updated: May 25, 2021

Updated: May 25, 2021

Many people believe that boys are more delayed than girls in terms of speech and language abilities, but is there evidence to support this? This month, we are digging deeper into the research to determine if boys are really more delayed than girls.

Our Question:

Does being a boy mean you are more likely to have speech and language delays?

The Answer:

Yes (technically)…

Studies show that for every girl with a language difficulty, there are 2-3 boys with similar problems. First words and sentences often develop a few months later for boys. The same goes for understanding and being able to produce words correctly. Previous research suggests that these gender differences were most prevalent between the ages of 3-5, and that around ages 5-6 gender differences were less likely to be the cause of speech accuracy difficulties.