Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Ripon, WI
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Hi all. Today my 16 month old son visited his ped and I left feeling really startled and concerned. The ped says he is worried about his gross motor and speech development.
1.) DS isn't walking independently yet, but he's actually RUNNING around our home with his walker. His game is to have me follow him with another walker. We do this many, many time throughout the day. He's cruising on the furniture and can lift himself from squatting to standing. He just hasn't taken steps without support yet. So the ped wants him evaluated by an neurologist so we can intervene with therepy if needed. Anyone else have their ped do this? I feel like this isn't really something to worry about since he's already so active, but I'd like to hear from other moms about late walkers. My son sat up late, crawled late, and now will walk later than others. Normal, right?
2.) As for speech, where should a 16 month old be in terms of how many words he/she is speaking? DS says about 2-3 dozen words, but doesn't say them perfectly of course. For instance, rabbit is ra-ra, banana is na-na, kitty is keee, monkey is me-me, bath is bat. He says bye-bye and mama and dada. He says the word 'baby' when he sees himself in the mirror. To me this all seems completely normal, but the ped said he was worried after we told him a few of the words he knows. I just don't know what he expected in terms of speech. For DS to recite the pledge of allegiance? And I'm also not sure how much a ped can really learn in a 15 minute visit. My son didn't exactly 'perform' and entertain us with his vocabulary. In fact, the only word he said the whole visit was 'bye-bye'....and he said it after the ped left the room!
So has anyone else had their ped think something is wrong?