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My twins are 18 months old. DD talks a LOT and has a really big vocabulary and is ver verbal for her age. DS does not speak at all. He has a few words he tries out like "hi" and... thats about it. He does communicate through some signs and gesturing and grunting. He makes a lot of sound effects and will make the dominant consanant sound of a word. Like he'll make a "tss" hissing sound to say sister. If you ask him a question he will sometimes respond appropriateky, sometimes just ignore you. I'm not specifically worried because he is the only boy with 3 very talkative sisters, but it starting to tug at the back of my brain a bit. He had some oxygen/lung issues at birth and we dont know if there were any repercussions from it neurologically.
 

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Language skills like you are describing are completely within the realm of normal for an 18-month old. Signing with him is great, along with language stimulating activities (book sharing, labeling things while playing/eating, etc.). He should show a lot of development in language over the next 6 months. However, you know your child best. Does he have any other signs of neurological damage? If you feel all is not okay, go ahead and call your early intervention group and have a meeting/observation. You should also consider doing this if he doesn't show significant changes by the time he is 2. I am speaking as a speech-language pathologist and a mom. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Noticing developmental differences with twins is really difficult, especially when you have the boy vs. girl thing going on.<br><br>
We had a similar difference in verbal development and I finally took my son for evaluation through our school district's early intervention program. It was really helpful to us (we found out he was actually ahead in language skills, he just seemed behind compared to his very talkative sister). At the same time, they identified some sensory issues that we have addressed and that has really changed family life for the better.<br><br>
I highly recommend this free service if you have any doubts or concerns, though what your're describing sounds well within the range of normal.
 

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Our 20 mo old MZ girls are now in speech therapy as they have only 5-6 words each, but understand EVERYTHING.<br><br>
I was hesitant to do it as they clearly communicate in other ways (gesture, pointing, grunting, a few signs and mostly doing it themselves) and because their receptive language was clearly so good, but now I am glad we went ahead with the eval. It's free, it's help that probably every parent could use, and the speech therapists have said that expressive delays are the easiest to "fix" and that this age -- 18-24 months is a great time for therapy.<br><br>
Also, in our neck of the woods, there can be long delays for some of these services, so sometimes just getting in the system can be useful (even if the problem resolves itself by the time you actually start any treatment... you can always tell them "oh, he's figured it out! Thanks and see you later!")<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about it too much, either. In our parent S-T group, all five the kids are younger siblngs, and the older siblings are all BIG time talkers. So he just might not have a lot to say at this time, too.<br><br>
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Where do I go to get evaluated? The Dr.s office? Early Head Start? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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You are in the U.S., right? So I think you can just call your school district and ask about Early Intervention. It's free for kids 0-3yrs old. In Canada, we go through our health unit (at least in my town).<br><br>
Where are you at in MT? We're in southern Alberta, about 3.5 hours from Great Falls.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> Call your school district & ask them who to contact for a language evaluation for you 18-month old. They should be able to hook you up.
 
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