As I meet more moms with toddlers I'm shocked when I hear how kids of the exact same age (2 1/2) are speaking, compared to my son's abilities. It isn't the first time I've wondered about this, but I wasn't around very many kids of his age before. He's very smart, social, and curious.
I'm not sure what to do at this point. I'm scared of making a big deal out of nothing, but I also don't want to be negligent. His next well child checkup is not until February. If I should mention it to his doctor, I don't know if I should wait for his appt or make a special appt just for this. Are there any good online quizzes or checklists that will help me decide if there is a problem? I've also wondered if being in a day care setting for a few hours a day would help. He seems to like copying what other kids and adults say.
I don't know what info about his speech would be helpful to give, but for example if anyone asks his name, he never answers. He doesn't really use sentences. There's a couple, but I think he just has that certain string of words memorized. Sometimes when he's doing something I'll have to ask him something several times before he answers me. If he wants something, he'll usually just use one word, sometimes two.
But other than that he's really social (say's "hi" "bye" "thankyou") at the right times. Super friendly. Has really enjoyed learning all of the shapes, colors, most of the alphabet, names of animals, everyone's name in our extended family/friends, can almost count to 20, can operate a smart phone better than I can....etc. ;)
I'd love to hear your thoughts and advice. Thanks!