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Ok, so my son will be 18 months tomorrow. He basically still babbles 99% of the time. He does say a few words, he can say, "no", "mama", "dada", and "hi" but not much else. I was on another parenting site the other day that said 18 months olds should be starting to put words together...should I be worried? He understands me when I tell him things, he will shake his head no or yes and if i ask him to bring me things or give me hugs and kisses, he does, just not much talking.<br><br>
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Mine (18 months also) only says daddy. But she babbles all day and pretends like she's talking, I think that she thinks she is talking. We've had no luck with sign language either. I'm curious to see what others say/think.
 

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I would be concerned if his/her other oral motor skills are off. Meaning....did they nurse easily? Or was nursing able to be worked out with a little effort? How do they do with foods, an open cup of fluid, etc? (Choking, gasping, coughing? Or fine.) How are other growth and development issues? Some kids are asynchronous...really learn how to run before they talk.<br><br>
If you are really concerned and have alarm bells going off, get an ECI eval. Or call an SLP.<br><br>
Our therapists have said that most of the evals they do are to say, Nope, your kid doesn't need our services. AND (conversely) if the parent is certain something is wrong, there usually is.<br><br>
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My MIL who is a pediatric nurse practitioner tells me that six words at 18 months (or is it 24 mo? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> ) is normal. My DS wasn't saying much (but signing quite a bit) until just a few weeks ago--he's 22mo, and now says tons of new words every day, which is really fun. (Today he said 'happy' for the first time--when I came home from work and we nursed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> ) So your kiddo might just be getting ready to bloom!
 

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Jusy had my 18 mo. peds visit and they said 4-10 words is normal so I wouldn't worry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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At 18 months my DD only said 4 or 5 words that we could recognise. Then when she turned 2 she had a language explosion and now at 2.5 she speaks in full sentences using new words daily.<br><br>
I think your DS sounds just fine especially as he is understanding what you are saying.
 

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MIne understand absolutly everythig but say nothign. They can both say "no" and Nechama can say "ena (Rena)" and Rena says "more" and "stu(ck)" but that's about it. Nechama will repeat mama but not say it out. We are having them evaluated in May since they had no words at all until about 22 or 23 months.
 

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Rachel, I have a twin brother and we had our own language until we were 3 and we were both fine. I only wish our parents could have recorded some of our conversations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Maybe aggravating for adults, but everything worked out. Good luck with yours.
 

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DD is only 18 months and she doesn't say much either. She only has three or four words that she uses spontaneously, although she'll repeat back words that I say a lot. She has great receptive language, though, and uses some signs and gestures, and from what I have been able to find out it's 1. intent to communicate--- do they try to make themselves understood in some way, even if it's pointing and grunting? and 2. receptive language-- how much do they understand? that really count at this age. There is such a wide range-- some kids have 100 words or more and are already putting them together, and some are just saying 5 or 6 words, and it's all perfectly normal.<br><br>
The red flags for 18 months seem to be no words at all, no pointing or gestures, and poor receptive language.
 

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I would NOT be worried at this point. We had to see a speech therapist because Brogan has a severe tongue tie and the dr's prerequisite was the ST appt. I did not make the appt myself out of worry - it was a requirement. Brogan has no words that I can understand other than PahPA (grandpa) and he picked that one up on his own. The ST told me that he is very advance in his occupational/motor skills but "quite delayed" in speech. I said that I was aware that there is a wide range of "normal" and she said that even given that, he is "quite delayed". She even wanted to test his hearing. I say PAH! to that. He is 15 months old (I realize yours is 18) and he'll talk when he wants. He understands everything, knows many body parts, can identify his toys, people, items, etc.<br><br>
I wouldn't be too concerned about your child's lack of speech. Normal is different for every child and I don't put a ton of stock in charts. He's right on track for him. A few months from now and you won't be able to shut him up! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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My oldest son didn't speak until he was 22 months old, aside from "Dada" and "dissie" (nursie). He didn't even say, "Mama". We knew that his hearing was great, he was very bright, he made lots of eye contact and he had great receptive language skills. Once he started talking, I would say that he was "caught up" within two months. Now, at almost 5, he is very well-spoken. I would go with your gut. Our ped wanted a speech eval from 15 months on, but we knew in our gut that he didn't have speech problems. Trust your gut. Also, your child does say some words, so that rules a lot out, I think. I think it's completely within the realm of normal for 18 months.
 

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My ds will be 18m on 4/2 and he pretty much only says "mama" and an occasional "dada". He does understand ALOT though. He points alot to let me know what he wants (does this with an "uh-uh" sound, lol) . He is very vocal with his babbling though so I'm not too worried.
 

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My first son didn't say a single word until he was 26 months old. After everyone kept telling us not to worry and that it was normal, we sought an Early Intervention interview ourselves when he was 22 months old. It was free and it gave us peace of mind. It took an entire morning and involved a hearing and vision test, a physicial, and a couple of different evaluations (all in a play setting). In his case, he had some developmental delays with expressive language and they recommended speech therapy twice a week as well and physical and occupational therapy once a week. The state provided these services for FREE in our home! He had a wonderful speech therapist who came to play with him twice and and taught him some sign language. This seemed to make the connection for him and within a couple of weeks, he was signing. A couple of more weeks passed, and on Father's day, he said his first 50 words, including daddy and mama!<br><br>
I do think that he would have made the connection eventually on his own without the therapy, but he really enjoyed the play sessions. It certainly didn't hurt him and it gave me and dh a huge amount of reassurance that everything was okay. If it had been something more serious, we would have caught it with the initial screening. Ds only had therapy for one year and at his exit interview tested above average in most categories.<br><br>
If you're interested in having your ds evaluated, you should be able to goggle the name of your state with "Early Intervention" and find the phone number to get more info.
 

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That's about how much my DS spoke at that age. I think the benchmark they look for is for children to have 50 words by the age of 2. I didn't know if DS would make it, but his talking really took off at 23 months.
 

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My ds is very similar. He's 18 mo too. Just within the last few weeks it seems like he has been saying more, maybe a new word or two each week. He understands everything though and signs a lot too.
 

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I agree with everything here. My 23 month old ds didn't say a whole lot at 18 months and only used 2 signs, but he understood most of what I said (close the drawer, throw somthing away, get your shoes). Now I hear a new word about every other day. I think you'll really see his verbal skills increase in the next couple of months. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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putting 2 words together "should" start around 24 months, when their vocabulary grows to about 50 words. 18 months "should" have 1-5 words. there is such a wide range of "normal" (can i use more "quotes" in this post? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
since he says a few words, he sounds perfectly on track! if you're concerned that he should be communicating more, teach him some sign language! <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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Mine, too ~ DS didn't really start talking until right after he turned 2 . . . it's been a non-stop conversation ever since! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah">
 
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