Is my 18 month old's language dev. anything to be concerned about?

Snow - posted on 06/29/2016 ( 6 moms have responded )

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At about 16 months old my daughter started forming complex, grammatically correct sentences up to 10 words long; things like "that's my bed, I sleep in there", I like the fan, it goes around and around", "and then I will get down", "I want to go outside and play on the slide". Obviously this started to creep me out a bit, so I did some research and it seems to be unusual. Should I be concerned about some sort of autism spectrum disorder? She has always been interested in talking; saying about 20-30 words by 9 months, along with her first 2 word sentence, and knowing the difference between "I" and "you", but lately I've been becoming a bit concerned. I'm not sure how many words she says at present, as I stopped counting at 10.5 months when she knew about 80, but I would estimate several thousand. I would have to say that she learns roughly 10-20 words a day. Any thoughts as to whether I should be concerned, or am I just being paranoid? Has anyone else a similar experience?

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Ev - posted on 06/29/2016

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My daughter was like that at a young age under 1 year talking single words and knowing animal sounds. Then as she grew she added words quickly. By the age of two she was thought to be five years old because she talked like a five year old. It is unusual for a child to master words quickly at young ages but my daughter was never diagnosed with any autism disorder of any kind. She was around adults a lot of her young life and so she learned to talk faster than most her age. The only kids she hung out with up to the age of two really were her older cousins and the youngest of those two was still 7 years older than her. If you want to evaluate her go ahead but she sounds quite normal to me just a good talker is all.

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Snow - posted on 06/29/2016

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Lol. That's very interesting; I guess she stopped trying to be neat and was more focused on expediency. She sounds like a very bright girl! I hope mine follows a similar trajectory:)

Ev - posted on 06/29/2016

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Snow--another thing that she was ahead in was writing. My daughter has a long name and before she got into Kindergarten, I worked with her for 6 months to learn to write and spell her name in printing. She had wonderful printing up until she was in about 4th grade. But in first grade, she was trying to do cursive writing because she had seen me write letters or make out checks for bills and she would try to do hand writing without me knowing. I caught her at it one day and she was afraid she would be in trouble for trying to learn to hand write. I told her she was fine and if she wanted to practice to go ahead. Today, I can not read her handwritting to save my life!! It looks like a doctor's chicken scratch. LOL! The funny part is that I can read her brother's handwriting better than hers!

Snow - posted on 06/29/2016

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Thanks for the reassurance guys; helps to know you have had a similar experience Evelyn. It is primarily the language that concerns me, but just because it is so atypical for her age. She has also spent a lot of time around adults/older children and is beyond strong-willed, so maybe that's all that it is. I'll probably still make an appointment with her doctor to discuss, but you are right Sarah, probably best not to worry about that which I cannot change.Thanks for the feedback; it is greatly appreciated.

Sarah - posted on 06/29/2016

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Usually kids on the spectrum have language delay. She sounds like she is an advanced talker. She must be fun to listen too. Do you have any other reason to think there is an issue? Ultimately, even in the very remote chance she does have an issue, you will handle it when the time comes. Meanwhile, enjoy her and stop making yourself worry about something you can't fix and probably is not even wrong in the first place. Maybe she is extraordinarily gifted!

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