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So when to worry? My SIL and BIL are worried that their 18 mo old isn't chattering yet. Hes a HUGe non verbal communicator. From what I understood, you don't start really getting worried about it until they are 2ish, right? All kids at their own pace...<br><br>
Granted, I'm not them and perhaps there are other things causing their worry, but just curious...<br><br>
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I wouldn't worry. My son is 23m and has a lot of words so far but far less than his cousin who is 2m older. She's talking in sentances and has been for a while! My other cousin up until 2 didn't have any words but would mumble with his mouth closed, it sounded really cute! And then one day out burst the words and they haven't stopped. He'll be 3 in August and has the vocab of a grade schooler!<br><br>
Every kid is different (duh, right!)
 

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We're in the same situation with our DS. He's almost 18 mos, and has very few words. He got about 5-6 words around 12 mos, and six months later still has less than a dozen total. However, he has a few signs and lots of gestures and he understands just about everything we say. He is very effective at communicating without words. We are not really worried, just impatient.<br><br>
He is in EI for gross motor delays, so we brought it up with his therapist. She said that she would give it at least another 3 months. Since he understands so much and makes his wishes known so well, she believes he will talk when he is ready. If little has changed by then, we'll get him evaluated for speech therapy.<br><br>
But I expect he'll go when he's ready--the same is probably true for your nephew.
 

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My DD was saying very little at 18 months. I think all she said was "uh-oh". My DS is 13 months and is no where near talking. Now that DD is 2 1/2 she speaks in full sentences and talks a lot. She was pretty quick with the motor skills: walking, riding a bike etc. I think sometimes they can only concentrate on mastering one thing at a time.
 

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Is the LO an only child? My SIL's DS1 spoke at 2 ish but her DS2 is 18 mo and does not speak much as his brother talks for him. DS2 does communicate very well non verbally- she has been told not to worry as it will come, but at the moment he can communicate well with her otherwise.
 

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I think if your mommy gut says something is wrong it is time to get evaluated. My 2.5 yr old doesn't talk much but communicates LOADS with gestures and his own made up signs. He understands exactly what we say and he slowly says a word here and there.<br>
Last time I counted he had 60 words.<br>
According to 'the charts' he is behind, but my mommy gut says he is fine...so we are going to wait it out.
 

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I wouldn't worry yet, but it is probably something to pay attention to. I'm a former pre-school teacher and I've been in classrooms of 2 year olds where language development just seemed to be all over the place. Some were quite chatty and others seemed to only have a handful of words.
 

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Depends. DD is 17 months and in speech therapy weekly. SHe is eval'd at and 11-12 month level. BUT, we know that she has a very real issue with speaking : She doesn't eat. Without eating, it can be hard to develop the muscle/tongue coordination to begin speech. She's also being kept an eye on for signs of her brother's issue (Suspected spectrum) as she's actually lost her word use to some extent. But at 17 months, she says no. Dada may mean Dad, brother, or any other random thing. And mama? Well, she stopped saying that one (She likes breaking my heart!). She's got sounds, but basically no constant words, so she's got EI services for language. Had she not been a tube feeder, I think we'd have not worried nearly so quick.
 

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DD was (and still is) a big non-verbal communicator. She had a lot of signs around 18-22 months, but few words. She started talking more around 22 months, and at 26 mo0nths she doesn't.stop.talking! <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 son was delayed at 8 months and we had him evaluated. He started speech therapy at 9 months and made great strides. By a year he was back on target. He is now 2.5 and completely verbal. We can talk about all kinds of things. A couple months ago he told me, "These flowers smell like pollination."<br><br>
The earlier intervention is started, the better it goes. You need less therapy to catch up. Evaluations and therapy are free. Everything is done in your home. The speech therapist teaches you how to play with your baby so you can do all the actual therapy. (This all changes around 2.5 or so when care changes from the early intervention centers to the public schools, though I don't know how it changes.)<br><br>
I monitored my son using the ages and stages questionnaires. You can access them for free at <a href="http://asq.uoregon.edu/" target="_blank">http://asq.uoregon.edu/</a> They email you the results immediately. It only takes a few minutes to do and is a relief when they come back on target and helpful when they suggest there may be a delay.
 

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DD had about 5 words at 15 months, and maybe 8 words by 18 months. Then by 20 months I had lost count! She was using small sentences by 22 months and is not quite 2 yet but is conjugating verbs, working in prepositions, etc. Oh, and she is bilingual, so we expected a delay but really haven't seen anything slow her down!<br><br>
ETA: thanks for the link, <b>mybabysmama</b>! That looks really cool!
 
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