Originally Posted by annT
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Guys, we just had our one-year pediatrician visit, and I'm a bit upset. It would really help me out if you could tell me what your babe did at one year.
My one-year-old son is not pointing or waving at all, despite seeing me do it. I have also been signing with him for months (focusing on a few simple signs, and repeating them every day), and he hasn't picked up on any signs. He has no words, other than "mama" (which he uses mostly when distressed, and which sounds more like "muhamamama").
He is an incredibly happy, incredibly loving child. He's clearly intensely attached to me and to his dad. He loves to be held and cuddled, he gives open-mouth kisses, and he smiles, giggles, and laughs. He's very interested in other children, loves to look at pictures of babies, loves to look in the mirror, and loves animals. He makes a barking noise whenever he sees a dog. He also reaches for objects, and occasionally shows me what he wants via gestures (for example, closing a book in my hands if he doesn't want me to read it to him). He's extremely vocal, and spends almost the whole day babbling (mama, wawa, dada, gaga), cooing, and shrieking happily.
His gross motor skills are average - he's cruising, pulling to a stand, climbing, always on the move.
The ped was concerned that he cannot follow simple commands (bring me the book, show me the doggy, where is dada). I answered honestly and said that I don't think he understands me when I say things like that. He clearly understands words like "up," because when I say it he strains his whole body upward, but that's about it.
The ped said that he appears to have delays in both his receptive and expressive language capabilities, based on the description I just gave you. Although I had *noticed* the pointing/waving issue, and his lack of understanding re: commands, I was somewhat blind-sided by the ped's statement, as well as by the ped's concern (and this is a very laid-back ped).
As we think about where to go from here, it would really help me to know just how atypical his development is. What was your one-year-old doing? Does this kid sound even remotely like any of your boys?
Thanks, and I'm sorry this is so long.
Originally Posted by Sierra
Also, I have a nephew who was silent until he was about two. Didn't say a single word and didn't do a ton of vocal play. My sister (not his mom, but my other sister), told me that she thought he might be language delayed. Sometime after his second birthday, he said his first word. In that same day, according to my sister (his mom), he said seven more. According to my above mentioned sister who is not his mom, when he said his first word, he said it in a sentence. LOL