speech at 18mths

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mpat
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Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 7:10 pm 
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My son is 18mths and I am a bit concerned about his speech (or lack of it!) I am also fully aware that I am perhaps just being a paranoid mother!!
He has an elder sister (who does talk a lot for him I must admit) At the minute he says mama (even says this for daddyand calls his sister and granny/grandad 'ma'-same sound as in mama) , hiya, yeah, bus and juice. He can do woof for a dog, moo for a cow and baa for a sheep.
He does understad everything that we ask him/say to him and can follow instructions easily but I am just a bit worried about his lack of words. He sucks his thumb a lot which I am also worried may be stopping him from spekaing so much.
What do you all think???
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Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:23 pm 
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George is a little bit younger than your son but not by much. I think that amount of words is fine. George calls everyone mama too, despite the fact he used to say Dad and Nan I think it's a bit of laziness.

George can say Mama, Bye, Car, Ball, Baa, Quack, Poo Poo, Apple, Nana, Tato (note the food theme). So not much difference in the amount of words. He does gabble a lot and also does grrrr like george on Peppa pig. Does your little one interact with chat and Babble?

I don't think any health professional would be worried as he is vocalising. My cousins little boy could only say 2 words at your sons age and no one was worried about him.
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Posted: Wed May 01, 2013 9:35 am 
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I know its wasy to say but I really dont think you have anything to worry about hun. My LO was barely speaking (literally had about 5 words that she would/could use) and when we went for her 2 year check I was worried sick and so obviously brought it up with the HV. Very first question she asked was if my LO had any older siblings as they find 2nd, 3rd etc children slower at speech due to the sibling doing all the talking for them. I dont have any other children and at the time there werent even any other kids in the family so that defo wasnt the case.

We were sent to see Speech Therapy purely for an assessment and by the time her app came about 4 months later her speech had gotten better (although it was still awful, only about 10 words). The therapist actually spent more time asking about her communication skills rather than her speech as they dont worry too much about lack of words, its more understanding and communication. My LO understood everything she was asked to do or spoken to about, would sit with me and listen to stories etc and she did try to communicate she just wouldnt speak.

Therapist signed us off there and then, said she didnt think there was a problem and just gave me some little exercises to do with her and I also wasnt helping as I would finish off sentences for her or give her things she was pointing at rather than asking for as I thought she was struggling to say the words but like the woman said to me, I was just making her more lazy.....why would she ask for something when all she had to do was point?? The appointment was in August and the therapist said that by the time Christmas came I'd wonder what I was ever worried about and all of a sudden the floodgates literally opened and within weeks she was speaking in full sentences! We do now have a new problem to over come though, she NEVR shuts up arrrrgggghhhhh Laughing Laughing Laughing

I'm sure everything is fine with yuor little boy, its just so hard isnt it, especially when you start obsessing that every other child can do things yours isn't!

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Posted: Wed May 01, 2013 1:33 pm 
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I know how you all feel as well. My daughter is 19 months and still babbles. She can say kitty and mama. Her pediatrician had suggested that we have a speech pathologist examine her just to make sure she is doing on. She did pretty well with it where she can make certain sounds of letters. She also did very well with following commands such as stacking blocks and putting an object in a certain spot when asked as long as you show her. Like some of you my husband and I live far away from both our families and even though I have a few of my HS friends with children my dughter's age that live far away as well. My husband and I only have one car and I am a stay at home mom so I don't even get to take her out to a play group or even a play yard. I did get approved for the Birth to Three program for my state because she scored a 25% speech delay. They are a great program and they do home sessions which is great. She is very interactive when she is around other people and loves the attention which is what I feel will help her. Just remember that children do work at thief own pace and they will work themselves out.
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Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 6:14 pm 
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I wouldn't worry about his speech, my LO is 3 in October and all he really says is Yeah! He's got speech therapy that we requested to help US more than him but we all just think he is been smart and lazy as he can sign (Thankyou Justin Fletcher!) & understands most of what is said to him. He also has a terribly short attention span (Thanks Dad..).
Sounds to me like your LO is coming along nicely with speech Smile
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Posted: Sat May 04, 2013 8:29 pm 
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My eldest didn't get her 2 year check until she was 2yrs and 2 months. If she'd had the check at 2 I would have told Hv that I was worried about her speech. Within a few months she was speaking really well.
My youngest has really excellent speech. I think it just depends on the child.
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