Too often professionals are reassuring the mother rather than sounding the alarm when their child is not talking by two years of age. By the age of 24 months children should be using far more words than jargon whereby jargon is almost gone. They ask questions using intonation. They carry on conversations and are 65 percent intelligible or understandable. They comprehend 300 words, point to five body parts on themselves or someone/something else, use approximately 50 words and verbalize their toilet needs. They say their own name if asked and use two or three word phrases. At this age language is used to develop social skills, to engage in play with same age peers. When language is not developed children become shy and hesitant about approaching other children to engage in play. Language is the single most important task a child learns that is the key to everything. Why are we not signaling a problem immediately? Why are professionals not sounding the alarm and instead reassuring the mother who is only going to be shell shocked later when there is less time to fix the problem? Language delay is more often seen when children are not engaging with adults and/or not repeating what an adult has said. If children do not repeat adult action and words, how do they learn? The key is early diagnosis.