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I have a neighbour who has a 2 year old son(just turned 2 in Aug)<br><br>
He understands everything. Follows directions that are rather complicated like "Go get your shoes, put them on and sit on the step and wait for mommy" and he will do that perfectly.<br><br>
He has about 25 words<br><br>
He doesn't combine yet though.<br><br><br><br>
My thoughts are, he's perfectly within normal range and my understanding is that they start to combine words after they get a vocabulary of about 50 words. I told her not to worry about this.<br><br>
She is taking him for an evaluation which I don't think is a bad thing. But I think he will start to talk like crazy about 2 weeks after the appointment<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I thought I would post here to get some thoughts.
 

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I think he sounds perfectly normal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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He sounds fine... if she is worried there really isn't much harm in taking him in for an eval... but if he is understanding well then it sounds like his hearing is ok (which is what I was more concerned with when my dd wasn't talking much)<br><br>
FWIW, my daughter (2.5 now) might have said about 10 words when she turned 2. Like the little boy she understood everything, even complicated stuff, she just didn't talk much.<br><br>
Fast forward 6 months and I can't keep her quiet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She seriously talks constantly... it was like an explosion, and she talks in long sentences.
 

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I was about to start a similar thread concerning dd. She is 19 months old and follws complex directions in two languages. She will says words, but if you ask her to repeat them she juts shakes her head. She usually only says full words when she gets really excited. I think that she is fairly normal and that the added dimention of a second language makes it a little slower. I feel better hearing other's stories though....so thanks for posting.
 

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I posted a link to a chart from Bettye M. Caldwell, Ph.D.<br>
Professor of Pediatrics in Child Development and Education. It has Landmarks, Average Ages and the Range of Ages.<br><br>
She came up with the "The Whole Child" education series for teachers and Early learning. I have watched some of the series and though it is hard to tell her stance on AP, she does not like time outs and shaming or putting children in rooms alone for punishment.<br><br>
Anyhow, here is the link.<br><br><a href="http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?st=10&e=expertadvice&content=81058" target="_blank">http://www.fisher-price.com/fp.aspx?...&content=81058</a><br><br><br>
This chart is more in line with my 2 yr. old son.<br><br><br>
I too have to agree that he sounds perfectly normal.
 

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DS turned 2 in July and he's not really combining words either. I don't know how many words he can say but he understands all sorts of things. He can put the dog in the crate and lock it before we leave the house. He knows our routine so like if I open a door and don't close it he tells me "shut". He's so smart in many ways that's why I'm not worried about him either. Oh, I speak Spanish to him when it's just us but when DH gets home we switch over to English. We also have some friends from Germany and he hears the girls talk all the time so I think he's processing all those languages.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was about to start a similar thread concerning dd. She is 19 months old and follws complex directions in two languages. She will says words, but if you ask her to repeat them she juts shakes her head. She usually only says full words when she gets really excited. I think that she is fairly normal and that the added dimention of a second language makes it a little slower. I feel better hearing other's stories though....so thanks for posting.</div>
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You're absolutely right that bilingual kids develop language slower initially. In the long run, though, being bilingual is such a huge benefit! I wish we could be raising DS bilingual but neither of us is fluent in another language.
 
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