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Hi everyone. Just looking for maybe some reassurance. My son will be a year and a half in December and he has not said a first word yet. He makes all kinds of sounds, mama and dada (but not really in the right context), does oooooooh for nursing and he generally understands a lot of what we say. LIke today I said, Cody sit down please, and he did that. Or give mommy a kiss and he does that. Should I be worried? My DH is starting to get concerned. DS has not been to a doctor since 6 months (when I stopped vaccinating). DH wants me to take him in and have him tested. Does anyone have any advice or personal stories of hope to share? Thanks!
 

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My son is right there with yours...he is 16 mos and only makes those same sounds but can understand just about everything. (Michael put the spoon in the dishwasher..he does it)<br>
anyway onto the reassuring story...My friend's little girl was quickly approaching her 2nd bday and only had a couple words and those were only understood by her mom or close friends (psshhh was "please, stuff like that) The ped recommnded speech therapy and my friend was wavering...she didn't beleive her DD needed it but just wasn't sure what to do. Well a few days before the appointment her daughter turned to me and said, "Actually Varalie (my name is Valerie) I do not want baby Michael to touch my pants) I almost fainted...I called out, "I think she's fine. " <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'll bet you get a lot of stories like that and you will feel much better.
 

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**SOME** kids just shoose not to talk until much later, and, like the pp said, oftentimes start talking like whole sentences....<br><br>
You could get an eval...but the problem is going to be that they are using averages..so, if your child is behind the averages, they are going to say he is delayed. Personally, i would feel okay with waiting another 6 months....<br>
When did you child learn to walk? Oftentimes, the 12-16 month tiome period is taken up with physical/motor skills......and then a language explosion happens closer to the second birthday. If, by 2, your child is still not speaking words, I would be concerned. at that point, i would recommend an evaluation...if it reveals something you deem important or serious, act on it...if you think it's crap, then act on that as well...as you see fit!<br><br>
My money is on that he will start saying words soon.
 

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My ds2, who is now 7, didn't really start talking until he was about 2 and a half. He made a lot of the same sounds you say your ds makes and he is perfectly fine now, talks and talks and talks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I had one doctor tell me (when he put something in his ear and wouldn't tell her what it was) that he should be evaluated. I blew it off because I knew he was starting to talk but was just very bashful of his voice in front of others.<br><br>
Did your ds develop faster physical, like sitting, crawling, walking etc becaue I found that was the case with ds2. He was so focused on being physical that verbal wasn't an issue for him. Ds1 was far more verbal and ds3 was somewhat inbetween if that makes sense. I would wait it out a bit longer before you take him in for anything.. like a pp said they are going off of averages and if having 3 children has taught me anything it's not to trust the averages. Every child is different.
 

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My Ds1 is 2 1/2 years and isn't quite talkative yet. He can say Mama, Dah, Baby, papa, yellow and No. Other than that it is all gibberish. My friends little boy just turned 3 in September and was the same way that Finley was, and now she talks non-stop and is a very well speaker. So I guess it's just those late bloomers.<br><br>
xox Holly
 

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My DD is 18 mos and only in the last 2 weeks or so has she started saying words. Before that, she did many of the same things your DD does. . lots of babbling, mama and dada (but not in the right context), etc. She also understood well and could follow simple commands. She just wasn't big on talking.<br><br>
UNTIL, like I said, 2 weeks ago. All of a sudden she's started saying new words, overnight, just like that! She learned mommy and daddy 2 weeks ago, wa-wa (for water) 3 days ago, and just yesterday she started saying binky (her pacifier). Everyday she says something new!<br><br>
I was also getting a little concerned because some kids I know have been saying words for months. Her ped even asked if she was putting two words together. For the record, he knows that she wasn't even saying single words but he wasn't concerned at all, especially since she's definitely progressed since our last visit 3 mos ago.<br><br>
So yeah, many kids do just learn words overnight! I'd say that as long as your DD's development is on track in other areas, she's probably just a slow talker, especially because she obviously has comprehension.
 

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I say trust your gut. If you feel something is wrong, have him evaluated by a Speech therapist. Most of the time speech paths say, nah, he's just going to be a later talker. But if something is wrong, addressing it sooner rather than later will pay off.
 

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Same story here with my just turned 19mth old. She does lot of sounds and babbling and I understand maybe 6 words. She doesn't label things like her brother did at the same age, but babbbles and asks babbly questions. She also understands requests and questions I ask her. I think she is going to explode into sentences as she has said random 3 word sentences in the past never to be heard again (like "cup of tea" as clear as clear). Then I just get babbling for weeks again.
 

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I agree with pp's who think that 17 months is still too young to be concerned... however, I'm not sure how it is where you live, but where I live it takes months and months and month to get seen by a speech therapist, so what I would probably do is request an evaluation just to get him on the list. Probably by the time he actually gets an appointment he'll be speaking in sentences, but just in case he hasn't made much progress you can get some help.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree with pp's who think that 17 months is still too young to be concerned... however, I'm not sure how it is where you live, but where I live it takes months and months and month to get seen by a speech therapist, so what I would probably do is request an evaluation just to get him on the list. Probably by the time he actually gets an appointment he'll be speaking in sentences, but just in case he hasn't made much progress you can get some help.</div>
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I agree with this. I recently had to contact a speech therapist regarding my 4 year old ds. And I ended up putting dd (almost 18 months) on the waiting list as it's about 6 months long. Even though I'm not really worried (she only says mama but has great comprehension) at least in 6 months time if there's no improvement we will be ready to work with her.
 

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Thanks for all the replies! I'll have DH read them too. It is helpful to know that others have had the same issue and everything turned out ok. I am personally not worried, but DH seems to need some reassurance.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree with pp's who think that 17 months is still too young to be concerned... however, I'm not sure how it is where you live, but where I live it takes months and months and month to get seen by a speech therapist, so what I would probably do is request an evaluation just to get him on the list. Probably by the time he actually gets an appointment he'll be speaking in sentences, but just in case he hasn't made much progress you can get some help.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I still haven't seen a speech therapist. It's been 5 1/2 months of waiting.
 
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