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I have three kids with speech delays, all of them significant. If by 18 months you don't see an improvement, at least a few words that you understand and that she uses consistently, I'd have her hearing checked and then get an evaluation by a speech therapist. Speech therapy is most effective when it is started early-- the earlier the better. (My daughter started speech therapy at about 18 months.) Does she seem to understand you? Does she follow your directions? Those things are important, too.
This doesn't sound like something to worry about yet, but I would definitely keep an eye on it. Chances are she'll catch up all at once.
What kind of testing did they do? What kinds of things do they do during speech therapy?
Also, what is verbal apraxia. I've not heard of that.
Our girl was kind of like that. She had more words, but would "forget" them for a month or so and really only use 3-4 at a time. (And completely refused to learn Mama, Daddy she never forgot) And then at 18 months she had a word explosion. It's like she was just paying attention and learning them in her head and then they all came out of her mouth one day. I wouldn't worry if I were you.
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