My kid doesn't really have any words. Since he started speaking he would say a word here and there for a little while (cat, ball, that, dog, truck) and then the word goes away. Right now we are at the point where these words have not been replaced by other words and so he just babbles all day. Some of his babble is recognizable because he repeats the same pattern, so for example he goes into a certain singsong (with pointing) when he sees something he wants, and a different singsong when he sees something he likes (like a truck). But those are obviously not words. Well he sings "eeeeeeeeee" after he goes potty so that might be a word since its pretty close to pee. So that's maybe one.
I'm getting so frustrated because he seems to have no interest in talking and will have a bit of a tantrum if you push him on it. He wants to have books read to him all day long, and he loves to go out and about and learn what things are called, but no repetition or even real attempts. He will also not wave bye bye, dance, clap, or willingly participate in kid-stuff like at the library or the Y.
I know that some kids just speak late (I have an uncle who didn't speak until he was three). But...why? And of course there is a certain degree of me feeling like I am somehow doing something wrong, or that there is something wrong with my child (although his receptive language and non-verbal communication are top notch).
Adding to my frustration is that we got him into EI and he has speech therapy sessions once a week that seem totally useless to me. I mean the lady is super nice, and he loves to play with her toys but she doesn't do anything with him that I don't (and is constantly giving me the exact same advice every week about what to do at home...all stuff I already do, and in fact did before ever bringing him in). Aruggghhh! And nothing has changed unless you count change for the worse.
It just sucks. And its only going to get more frustrating as he gets out into public more and more and people expect him to interact with them which he refuses to do. He's tall for his age and so people are often taken aback when they ask him questions and he just stares at them and I tell them he doesn't talk yet.
And just to torture myself I looked up the AAP standard language development for his age and it says:
Uses simple phrases
Uses two- to four-word sentences
And I'm like because my kid is going to be two next month and he doesn't speak a single recognisable word.