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My daughter is 19 months and I can't believe how verbal she is. I KNOW my son was not this verbal at this age, nowhere close. An example of things she says - yesterday they were playing in our kiddie pool. My sister was watching them and I went to get a lawn chair. When I walked back over Olivia looked at me and said "The water's cold Mommy, fix it!" Or the same pool time Elijah was pouring water from a bucket and saying "it's a waterfall!" My neice took the bucket and was pouring water out and Olivia said "Tata (Natania) is making a waterfall too!" She said waterfall perfectly. If she's with DH and she wants me she will kiss DH and say, "Bye Daddy, I want Mommy now." She even says Mommy and Daddy, not Mama and Dadda. Maybe I am just being a proud mommy thinking she is advanced but at playgroups and church the other children her age don't seem to be talking as much. My sister has a neice on her husbands side who was born 4 days after Olivia and she is just starting to string together 2 word sentences. So is my daughter advanced for her age?
 

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I don't know if your daughter is advanced but my Ds is 17 1/2 mo old and barely says anything. I'm getting a little worried actually.
 

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My dd is exactly the same way! While I don't think it's exactly average, I have heard of others that speak that well. Molly loves to sing, I can not even begin to name all the songs she sings at least part of. I love it!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I feel so lucky because she tells me what she wants for the most part. Whenever she starts to get frustrated with something and starts to yell, I say "what do you need?" and she almost always can tell me. HOw nice since we're headed into the terrific (?) twos with avengance (sp). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> THe one thing I have noticed is that she is not as into climbing, etc. as others her age. She love to run around, but not really climb or slide. Perhaps her body is concentrating on the verbal and not the physical as much. Who knows. and really, I like to secretly think that she's my mensa baby, but, I could be a biased oppinion! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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My daughter Rene was the same way too at that age -- I will never forget the morning she walked up to me at 18 months and handed me a pair of pants and said, "These pants fit 'Nay real good. They not too big and not too small." If I hadn't been sitting down I would have wound up on the floor in shock. The concepts contained in that sentence just blew my mind -- the concept of choosing clothes based on comfort, the awareness of what 'fit' means-- and then defining it! I do remember her pediatrician at her two year visit laughing and saying, "There's no place on the charts for her language skills."<br><br>
I tend to the humble side and so the early talking made me think that I was being given a chance to understand just how early ALL children probably notice things and that we need to give them all credit for that in our parenting. We had a friend who said his daughter was the same way --she is now 11 -- and his feeling based on having a second child who did not talk as early is that early talking did not mean that child was smarter -- it just meant it was more important to her to talk. Wasn't Einsten a famously late talker? Or was it late walker?
 

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I agree with the PP that she is likely focusing on her verbal development. My dd, at 18 months (I know b/c it's when ds #1 was born) could sing "Danny-boy" and speak in complete sentences regularly. She really was so very verbal and it was great. My ds OTOH, was much slower to talk, and much less clear with his speech and still is less clear at 2 1/2. My dd never needed a "translator" but ds often does. I worried a little about ds being slower to talk, then within one month his language just exploded! They all do develop at their own unique pace.
 

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I think it's normal, but a variation of it! My dd talked like a little adult at that age- enunciating perfectly. My ds, on the other hand, pointed and grunted until age two! Kids are so different.
 

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OP - I concur with the others. There is a HUGE range of "normal" with regard to verbal ability, as there is with most other childhood milestones. DS started talking at 12 months, but when he started walking at 13 months, the words dissappeared. They reappeared VERY SLOWLY, and he didn't really start to take off verbally until about 28, 29 months (moving on to phrases, sentences, etc). By 33 months, he was up to the very same level as his favorite playmate who'd been a wiz with the words since 19, 20 months.<br><br>
Robin - Honestly, I would worry so much just yet. 17 1/2 months is still very young. I remember feeling the same way when DS was that age. He said a few single words and had many more single words that were "his own language" so to speak. BUT, when I actually sat down and started writing all his words down and counting them, he had more than I gave him credit for. Moreover, at this age he was very interested in honing the motor skills.... clearly this was on the forefront, and talking on the back burner. At least it was then. Now he never STOPS talking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I think it's normal. Ds talked a bunch at 18 months old.He had quite the vocabulary and still has to be his age. But my oldest daughter didn't start talking until she was at least 2, I mean not a word, she would point or shake her head that' sit. Now she's almost three and her vocabulary has greatly improved but her speech is pretty bad IMO.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Robin - Honestly, I would worry so much just yet. 17 1/2 months is still very young. I remember feeling the same way when DS was that age. He said a few single words and had many more single words that were "his own language" so to speak. BUT, when I actually sat down and started writing all his words down and counting them, he had more than I gave him credit for. Moreover, at this age he was very interested in honing the motor skills.... clearly this was on the forefront, and talking on the back burner. At least it was then. Now he never STOPS talking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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Thank you so much for this. He does talk full sentences "in his own language". I can't understand a word he is saying but he sure does get worked up sometimes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Sounds like she's within the range of normal. I had a very similar situation.<br><br>
My first child (boy) didn't start talking much until he was almost 3. Seriously. It was obvious that he could comprehend what we were saying, and he could communicate non-verbally, so I let him develop at his own pace.<br><br>
But my second child (girl) was talking as well as (perhaps better than) her brother at 1.5. Honestly, I think her verbal development is what finally convinced my DS to finally start talking <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
There is a HUGE range of normal, and every child develops differently. But it sounds like your kids are doing just fine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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in the huge range of normal, yes. My Goo is also very verbal. She uses plurals and possesives already. Complete sentances! (more than her mother can).Freaks me out, but I figure this is normal for her and just help her learn the English language.<br><br>
For the mama of the 17 month old, Goo plays with twins that are 6 weeks older and they started to talk around 19 months. It's all in the range of normal.
 

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Normal. My daughter spoke in complete sentences at that age, too. I agree that some toddlers seem to focus on motor development and some on verbal development, and usually the earlier talkers are later walkers and vice versa.<br><br>
For the poster who said she is worried about her non-verbal 17 month old, don't worry too much. Plenty of my daughter's friends were not speaking much at that age and now, at age 5 1/2, they all sound pretty much the same. The only difference is that the earlier talkers seem to have a larger vocabulary and use more complex sentences, but I often wonder if that is because parents of early talkers tends to speak to their children more and use more complex language themselves.<br><br>
Anyway, enjoy talking to your toddler!
 

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My son is like that. He was speaking in sentences very early.<br><br>
I think it's very normal, definitely ahead in the verbal skills compared to others, but I wouldn't say advanced.<br><br>
Although, I kind of take issue with people calling toddlers "advanced" because they talk a lot or know their letters, numbers etc. at an early age (even though my son is this way, too). I just don't think it means all that much in the end; most things even out. And while these are skills that are easily demonstrated, other kids may be learning other things that aren't so easy to point out at the time.
 

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ds was like that and at three and a half still has a vocabulary that blows me away sometimes. he could speak in three word sentances by his 1st bday. dd turns one tomorrow and is nowhere near as verbal as he was. she has a few word that she says sporadically - its weird having a one year old who has the decency and respect to behave like a proper oen year old :LOL. i swear, ds went from newborn to toddler with no stop at infant!
 

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She sounds very verbal for now. less than six words would be considered developmentally delayed. Average is about 20 and anything considerably over that would I guess be advanced I guess. My dd, who is 18 months, has really started using words an chattering. she speaks in sentences but uses those sentences as wholes (as in she doesn't know how to use the words individually) I assume she will begin picking htose familiar phrases and songs apart soon and interpreting the meanings of the individual words. It is amazing how language developes. we thought she wwas delayed because she doesn't lable stuff and that is what we were looking for. They had do intensive observation for a month and were blown away by all that she was saying. But more so by how it was all developing. all three of my children are on developmental growth spurts right now. Itis leaving myt head spinning. :LOL
 

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That is interesting about early talkers being later walkers because my daughter was talking before she could walk - she didn't walk until 15 months.
 

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it varies.<br><br>
i spoke in paragraphs by like 18 months<br><br>
my oldest didn't say more than 5 words until he was 2 years.<br><br>
i have a friend.........and her kid isn't talking much at 3+<br><br>
so, i guess it just depends on the child.<br><br><br><br>
ps, i have read girls usually talk before boys....but dont know if that is valid
 

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My oldest son had an advanced vocabulary, and also walked early(9 1/2 months) my youngest son has been slower all around, but still just fine. He's recently started identifying letters and numbers, and can count to 10(he's 23 months old) He has a decent number of words and some phrases, but not all of his words are clear("mil" for milk, "hel" for help, etc. )<br><br>
I knew one toddler who only pointed and said "uh" for everything. And then one day, he just started talking, I think he was almost 3 when that happened. You knew he knew the proper word for things, he just wouldn't say it! LOL<br><br>
Kids just develop at different rates.
 
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