Lisa - posted on 12/19/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )
Joey is coming up on 16 months and he is very vocal, but only has a few words that I've heard come out of his mouth... dada, mama, nana, ya, hey (he doesn't really say that one anymore) and he likes to scream to communicate, but usually only when he's upset. He doesn't really follow simple commands, like "go get your cup" or "open your mouth". He seems like he's just beginning to understand "no". My husband is freaking out about autism, and now he's got me worried. It has never occurred in either of our families, that we are aware of, but I know that doesn't mean it can't happen.
Lately it seems that he is trying to vocalize words, but most of it is still just babble and what concerns me most is his (seemingly) inability to follow simple commands... He'll be 16 months on the 22nd. The doctor says he's not showing signs of autism, but that was 4 months ago... Am I just being paranoid? If he's not talking by his 18 month checkup, obviously I am going to discuss it with the doctor, I'm just concerned, wondering if I should take him before?
Thanks for any and all feedback, it is greatly appreciated!
Edit: I just wanted to note that his motor skills are amazing! He scores high in fine and regular motor skills, so I'm wondering if he's just a late bloomer. It sucks being a worry wart lol