How much is your 21 month old talking?

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Sarah - posted on 06/26/2010

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my daughter puts sentences together her vocabulary is fantastic but i wouldnt worry about it as long as they understand my eldest son didnt speak till 18 months and my 2nd son was 2 i understand didnt think my son was ever going to talk but they all develop at different rates

Jennifer - posted on 06/26/2010

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Madisen is talking and talking and talking but we have watched her ever since she was tiny and she has always had the desire to be "understood" she tries sooooo hard for everyone to understand her and she does and amazing job. Every child is different though they are just little people. Give it time. Your little one will communicate when they are ready to be "heard." You are probably doing an amazing job responding to your childs non verbal ques so maybe they do not feel the need to develop their verbal skills just yet. It will happen!!! My love and luck!

Tiffany - posted on 06/25/2010

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Girls talk before boys. My dad said I wouldnt shutup from when I was 18 months old. My child however barely talks! He says mama, dada, baba, caca, up, yay and hi actively.

Stefanie - posted on 06/24/2010

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My daughter is speaking amazingly well! Every single time we are out in public, someone asks how old she is because she will be having a conversation with my husband or I and they can't believe how well she speaks! She speaks in short sentences and like I said, can have a conversation with an adult. Every kid is different, though; when she was 18 months she wasn't really talking and I was nervous, but over the last few months, she started talking 10 times as much!

Roxanne - posted on 06/23/2010

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I find that alot of the time parents do not speak to their children as though they are people and like they understand. We have spoken to our son since the first day he was born and now at 21 months, he speaks nicely. This is just my opinion. What do you find is an easier way to teach children to talk?

Yvette - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son knew about 150 words at his 18 mo. check-up (yes, I wrote them all down over several days). Now he is probably around 250-300 words and combining many into sentences. He can say the whole alphabet and count to 20. I am very forturnate to be able to have my mom, a retired teacher, take care of him while we're working and she is great at always working on something. My husband and I are also educators and do as much as we can. We are very proud of his language development and can't wait to hear more!

User - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son has been talking for a long time. His Language has always been advanced. Talks in many sentences and knows more words than I can count. He has always liked watching the baby einstien movies and knows all the words plus picks out words from his books, which helps. He learned some sign language before he spoke, so that may have helped. He could communicate before he could say the word, which helped with frustration from not getting what he wanted. But he is an only child. I know sometimes the second child can get what they want from siblings without having to talk as much and delays language.

Chelsea - posted on 06/16/2010

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my child is 22 months and she talks very clear for her age. she completes sentences. She knows her ABC's and counts backwards and forwards to 10. She spells he name she says things like where is my plate, brush my teeth, brush my hair, i need to write my name. and I want to get in my carseat. She holds full conversations with everyone and she is for sure an echo so i have to watch what I say around her. She repeats everything on tv and everything I say and do.

Amanda - posted on 06/12/2010

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my little one is talking like mad. pikcin gup new words like crazy. she has 1 3 word sentence, otherwise it's all 1 and 2 words. to me this is normal. my 13 yr old was exceptional and very advanced, and my 11 yr old was able to talk at this age but chose not to. instead she would use gestures. every child is different, as i've found out first-hand.

Sara - posted on 06/12/2010

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My son is 22 months now and he is talking up a storm. I don't always know what he says, but most of the time I do. For people on the outside though, they have no idea sometimes what he is saying. But his vocabulary is very large, learning new things every day. I am surprised sometimes by how much he knows! We read a mother goose nursery rhyme book and he can pick out everything I ask him to point to in the book. Humpty Dumpty is "dumpy dumpy." HAHA! We were at a restaurant the other day and he pointed to a sign on the other side of the room that had an apple on it and said "apple." He knows tons of animals and what sounds they make, and he knows a lot of his shapes. He can tell you what a circle, square, triangle, star, and heart are. I have to shake my head sometimes when he starts saying things because I am so impressed that he knows so much. I still don't know what is "average" by this age, but somehow I don't think average really applies to any of us. Our kids are all different and will develop differently. Hunter is stuck on choo-choo trains right now and will scream out "choo-choo train, wooo-wooooo!" For awhile he was on a Barney kick and was even singing along with those songs. THAT was a nightmare! Haha. He knows who Mickey Mouse is and he has even gotten himself saying "diggity dog" from the hot dog song on the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Of course, this sounds like "donkey dog" when he says it. Lol. He is the light of my life and I could just watch him for hours! For any of you, I wouldn't be too worried about what your child can or can't say yet. It's still early and they all will develop at their own pace. I'd say that if there are still problems between 2 1/2 to 3 yrs, then I would check it out. I wouldn't worry yet :)

Maija - posted on 06/06/2010

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My boy is talking,talking and talking...especially when going to bed...He speaks 4-6 word sentences and says really hard words,like escalator(which is in finnish ,thats our language,even harder;"liukuportaat")and then again his own words that mean something,but he can`t say properly.But all this said,children are developing in their own and different pace,some children won`t start talking until turning almost 3 years.They just wait,listen and start talking when they feel they are absolutely ready for it and then ofcourse they won`t stop talking at all...I wouldn`t worry about too much,just keep talking to your child with clear and good language,let her try first and then repeat what she was trying to say,like "did you mean that mom needs to give you some milk?"Keep naming every day items and events over and over again,tell her what you are doing and what you are seeing,read her lots of books and sing together.And ofcourse if you are still worried later consult with your pediatrician again,I´m sure he/her will guide your daughter to speech therapy,if necessary.

Beth - posted on 06/06/2010

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Hi Martina, I have a similar situation to you at my place. My eldest child was speaking quite well by 21 months (easy to understand, putting words together), so have been a bit concerned by my second child's slowness in speech - words are not easily recognisable. However, he does understand what we say quite well. We have had him checked out, and all is ok - we were told that boys may develop speech a little slower than girls (my eldest is a girl), and that second children often develop speech slower than firstborns, as the older child tends to dominate the talking! By all means get your child checked out to put your mind at ease, and if there is an issue then early intervention is better (your local gp should be able to refer you to the appropriate services). However, chances are he is just different from your eldest! They are all individuals!

Jennifer - posted on 06/05/2010

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My son is 21 months and says quite a few words, but I have never heard (or understood) him putting words together to form sentences. I have been concerned about his speech in the past, but just in the last month or so it seems that he learns at least one new word every day. I think that every kid is different and as long as they are where they should be by the time they start school, you shouldn't worry too much. My daughter, who is 8 months is already saying a few words and my son never did that at that age...

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My son is 21mths and he is a talking machine. He has many words(over 70) that very easy to understand. He is the type of child that if he can't pronounce it like you and I then he won't say it until he masters it. He is also putting two word sentences together like more please....my papa...etc. He also can say that's my daddy. He also can tell you most of the time that orange (color) is orange, yellow is yellow, white is white, blue is blue and now he is just learning green and red. He is very good with colors. He can also point out a "O" (letter) on a commercial. He just started counting 1,2,3. However, he is my first and I do know that they learn when they are ready.

Natasha - posted on 06/02/2010

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every child is different a, my boy did not speak as well as my daughter, my daughter was 11 months old and was saying words and her first sentence was 'cut it out' at 11months lol..... and now at 21 months understands just about most things we say to her and can still string sentences together. my nephew who is a boy and is 3 i find very hard to understand he still does not talk that great, so every child is different thats what i think anyhow and from what i have seen girls seem to be a little faster at most things than boys ?? think that is just known fact though ha lol

Cat - posted on 05/31/2010

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My little one is nearly 22 months, and she has been talking for a long time, at 15 months she could say *apricot*. she is very advanced in her speech, but she wants to learn, a real little copy cat. I would be worried at this point if there isnt alot of actual words, aslong as they are understanding what is asked of them and can follow simple instructions. If in a few months you still have concerns, a speech therapist may be of some assistance, but most kids will talk when they are ready for it, having older siblings can help or hinder in the speech department..

Myroslava - posted on 05/30/2010

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Around 19 months, i counted the words my daughter was saying, there were around 30. She added may be another 10 that i can understand,and a few that i don't know what they are. She does say "hi mama", bye-bye dada,see ya, etc, but doesn't do more combinations. She talks up a strom, but in her own language most of the time. I am Ukrainian, so i try to speak only Ukrainian to her,while everyone else,of course,speaks English to her. She mostly speaks English words, may be 4-5 words in Ukrainian, but understands both languages(when she chooses too:).
She is developing pretty good, was always very aware and also, she is quite an "easy "child, (well, she has been untill may be a few weeks ago, could be the terrible twos starting? lol).While our new pedi at 19 months appointment was quite impressed with her general development, she is definately not speaking in sentences or anything like that. I guess, every child is developing on their own terms.

Carla - posted on 05/30/2010

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Elizabeth is talking heaps and in sentences. I am very pleased with her speech and other people think it's amazing some of the words she will copy when she hears others say them :). Don't worry hon all kids develop differently, my 2 boys where a bit slower with their speech but by 2 /2 and a half they were talking like they had always been doing it.

Katherine - posted on 05/29/2010

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If I had to guess, I'd say my son has probably 200-300 words, and about 50 signs, but all the signs are duplicates of words he already knows. He's allowed to watch the Signing Time DVDs, and I think those have significantly improved his vocabulary. He actually knows all of his ABCs, and I *know* he learned those from the watching the videos.

Lea - posted on 05/29/2010

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Got my son evaluated at 19 months, he's now 21 months and just started speech therapy once a week. He has a 50% delay (just consistently says about 7 words - mama, dada, ba (ball), yeah, wa (water), nana (banana), dog-dog). He hasn't added new words in recent months. He seemed to attempt more words at 12-15 months. From what a developmental pediatrician told me, caregivers have a greater impact on speech development than just 45 minutes/week with a professional speech therapist would, so I have now learned what I can do at home. I only wish I'd known the techniques sooner. Also, it sounds like language is something that just "turns on" in the brain, kind of like puberty hits people at different ages. There may not be a whole lot anyone can do to accelerate it. Hope this information is helpful.

Sarah - posted on 05/29/2010

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not alot am concerned coz most other toddlers her age seem 2 be she can say basics mum dad juice cat but not much else is definitly trying more recently but frustrating 4 us both and doesnt help that some mothers are all what she cant talk my childs younger and can talk more soo anoying

Regan - posted on 05/29/2010

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My 21 month old son is saying around 90 words, but only occasionally puts two together - like "more please" (mo eez) and "me bike" (me bai). I'm in graduate school for speech pathology right now and what they tell us is that around this age (18-23 months) they should have a vocab nearing 50 words (not necessarily clear, but understandable to their family) and by 2 years they should be putting 2 of those 50 words together but that there's lots of variation. They also tell us, however, that the parent is always right. If you have a vague feeling that something's not quite right, go ahead and get her evaluated. Waiting until age two is not necessary. The earlier you get intervention for them if they are having a little trouble, the more likely that any possible delay won't greatly affect them later on in life. If you feel uneasy, get her checked out! Couldn't hurt and might put your mind at ease.

Laurel - posted on 05/29/2010

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my daughter is 21 months and she is talking like crazy. when we took her to her 18 month appointment the doc asked how many words she knew and i said she could say between 20-25 words and he said thats really good because the average is 6-10 words. now she is 21 months and can say about 35 words and is starting to put two words together to make scentences. but every kid is differnent adn will talk when they are ready. i stay at home with her so its easier for me to teach her

Lennia - posted on 05/28/2010

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My son has his own language. He uses about 80 words that i can clearly understand and many that i can't. when he speaks and i don't understand something he is trying to communicate he gets very frustrated. he even says "sorry mama. mama don't know?" as if he's trying to help me understand. just keep talking to him. read to him. talk to him while changing his diaper tell him what you are doing. in the car on the way to church, school, the grocery store every where. the more words you give a child or words to describe the world around him the more words that child will learn and be able to use when he is ready.

Brandi - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter is #4 of all girls. She doesn't say much at all. She can repeat back to me if I push her. If she really wants something I have been making her say it to get it. But she says it and thats that. My 3yr old was 15mths talking circles. So we are concerned what are we doing wrong with #4. She whines and fusses alot but doesn't seem to care to talk. She understands everything. Big words, sentences she'll do whatever is asked of her but she won't use her words. " I don't know" and "no" "yaw" is only thing we hear daily.

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Ava is speaking in sentences, but from what I have experienced from playgroups, the park, and my other mom friends, she is more the exception than the rule. Most of their kids are maybe speaking in 2 word phrases or less...a lot of them only using some key words. It's true that they all develop at their own pace, but I have a friend who is a speech pathologist and she did say that if by about 18/19 months a child had no words it would be something that she was concerned about and would have the child evaluated to see if any early intervention would be helpful.

Bobbi - posted on 05/26/2010

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Kimbri is talking up a STORM! she will have whole conversations with you. I have 3 and my first child was talking just like Kimbri... my 2nd did not speak much at all until she was close to 3... and Kimbri is a talking machine! I think all kids just do things at their own pace. :)

Valerie - posted on 05/26/2010

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Evan is repeating things a lot. He says "anana" "apoh" "juuss" "wawa" when he sees pics of foods. Loks at sky and says moon, a-pane. shoes, socks, but with a c at the beginning,lol! Snack is SAC. He tries to babble the pause letters of the abc song. He says 'oh. no!" 'oh, my" ah-some! Not bad. I am 43 with a 26 y.o married son and a 24 y.o. daughter from my teenage marriage. They were close in age and I believe my daughter learned to speak earlier from her brother,,this one is like an only child. Nick Jr and Disney have him saying backpack and go,go,go..but I am not worried because exp has taught me that each child develops at their own rate and as long as there's an effort to communicate..not to worry...:-)

Pip - posted on 05/25/2010

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My Son who is 21 months never stops talking. He has very good comprehension, and understand everything you say to him, his putting 3 or 4 words together and its really cute. sometimes i wish he wouldnt talk at all so i could get a minute silence (that sounds really bad). But they do say that the 2nd child in the family doesnt start talking until much later, as the older does it for them!!

Cassie - posted on 05/25/2010

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My son wasn't talking much. I started signing with him when he was six months old they expect them to start using their signs sometime around 9 months when he still wasn't signing at a year I started talking to his ped. but he wasn't worried he said to wait till he hit two to worry. I couldn't I've worked with young children for so long and they always say early enervention and the sooner you get help the better for the kids. I grew up with a leaning disablity as you can tell myself. So I called the colledge here and had him evaluated. He has a 50% Delay and he's now in the program for Early child introvention and they are going to start comming to our home and working with him. I love my ped. and I hurt his feelings when I took my son to the colledge, but I'm really really glad I did.

Heather - posted on 05/25/2010

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My 21 month old isnt really talking at all. He had tubes put in his ears around 19 months and is working with early intervention. He has speech once a week and OT once a week, because he has a sensory disorder and doesnt stay still long enough to learn. He says hot, signs all gone, shakes his head no, says EEEE ( which means eat), and says at which means cat. His receptive skills seem to be improving and he is understanding more of what I say. He is also making more noise and sounds. Don't be afraid to call your local early intervention. It is a free service available to all qualifing children. You don't need a doctor to tell you to have him evaluated. it never hurts, and they can tell you if there is a problem or you should be concerned. They come right to your house for everything.

Carrie - posted on 05/24/2010

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try doing baby signs with her. It has really helped me with my frustration. my son has a hearing impairment and he now says or signs about 30-40 words. hope this helps

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not comparing is a really hard thing to do! my son is 21 months, my first child, and babbles like a maniac. he could have a 5 minute conversation with you, wait for you to talk, and reply, but none of it makes sense... to us at least. he has about 20 words in his repertoire, and tries repeating words we say when prompted, but otherwise, is completely happy babbling. not that this is very comforting for either of us... but at least you are not the only one! :)

Janine - posted on 05/24/2010

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Miles doesnt say alot of words but the ones we can make out are mruck (truck), duck, bee (tree), miaow (cat), book, boots. But everything else is abit of a jumble. He knows what he wants by going and getting it or grizzling, hence his nickname is Grizz. Miles has an older brother which he seems to learn off. I wouldn't be too concerned because they all learn at different stages, maybe if hes not saying anything by 2.5-3yrs, go to Plunket and they can recommend you could see someone.

Martina - posted on 05/24/2010

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I am trying not to fall into that pit of comparing my two children, but my older daughter was speaking in sentences at 21 months. My youngest is only saying a few words (and not many of them are understandable to people outside of the family). Her receptive language is great though (she understands everything). I have spoken to the pediatrician at our last well visit, and she said that we really didn't need to be that concerned until she was 2 (if she still wasn't really talking). I was just wondering what the other children out there the same age are doing as far as expressive language skills.

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