late walker, small talker

Mashell - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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my son is 18 months old. He just started walking a week or 2 ago and doesn't say many words. I don't know if I should be worried or if he is just progressing a little slower that "normal". He was born about a month early and was small at birth (5 pounds 9 ounces) He also started crawling late. I dont know if him being small and early was a setback or if he is a slow learner, or if there is a more serious problem...should i be worried?

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Carrie - posted on 04/17/2010

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Our daughter was a late walker and talker and we worried so much. She is now 8 yrs. old and walks and talks just fine. Once she started walking and talking she hasn't stopped since, lol. My husband use to say "you were always worried she wouldn't start talking and now look she won't stop." :-) I wouldn't worry about it, but it doesn't hurt to talk to his Dr. just to make sure and help ease your mind. I wish you all the best. :-)

Jamie - posted on 03/28/2010

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You might want to analyze whether he just started walking because he didn't need to before now..ie someone was there to get what he wanted for him. I don't think you should be worried but you should be pro-active and consult his pediatrician about your concerns. Also, you could look into whether your school district/community has any resources for testing and/or helping if there is a problem. A friend's son has a "teacher" visit once a week and help him work on things because he was a bit slow on speaking. He is now speaking much better and his parents didn't have to pay for the assistance because it was through the school district. Your pediatrician should be able to point you toward what avenue to take.

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