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Is this advanced for his age or normal?

post #1 of 8
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My son is 12.5 months and seems to have quite a vocation towards words. He tries to repeat single words which I say but of course not perfectly. Like a couple of weeks ago I was feeding him apple and said apple and he tried to repeat. Now he says the sweetest apple I have ever heard perfectly. Yesterday I said pear and he said it perfectly after a few tries. My SIL said ouchie yesterday and he repeated it on the first try. He says ooof to imitate the dog barking. He says eeeoooww to imitate the cat meowing and says cat. He says bye-bye, eye, toe, ta for touch and points at what he wants to touch, and so on...yesterday he tried to imitate e-i-e-i-o to Old McDonald. He also suddenly tries to do a lot of the sign language I am teaching him such as change, eat, more, nurse and drink.

I am just wondering if this is normal at this age? I feel like he is really smart but I realize that lots of parents have biased feelings toward their children

Thanks!
post #2 of 8
My son was a late talker, but I believe you son is in the early end of normal. At 1 year my son could say mama dada kitty nose and eye. You could cross post this to parenting the gifted child forum and you might get some better responses.
post #3 of 8
It's on the advanced side of normal. My oldest only had a couple words at that age but my youngest had a couple dozen and was stringing them together soon after.
post #4 of 8
I think it depends on your crew. It's totally normal among the people we're friends with (and the people I know via MDC). Kids' language varies widely, especially in the toddler years.
post #5 of 8
This site has great developmental timelines:

http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdeve...d=29&Itemid=41
post #6 of 8
Sounds about like my little one(13.5 months). She says about 30 words right now, and imitates everything that's interesting to her. It's fun
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by joensally View Post
This site has great developmental timelines:

http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdeve...d=29&Itemid=41
This is a good site. Thanks!
post #8 of 8
That sounds like my dd. Now, at 19 months, she says close to 200 words (I lost count a while ago), is forming short sentences, understands just about anything we say to her, and is pretty good at repeating words. It seems like your ds and my dd are both on the advanced side of normal. But "normal" has a huge range!
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