My 16 month old son only speaks a few words. Should I be overly concerned?

Aimee - posted on 08/07/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My child is VERY active. He is only saying mama, dada, bye, and nana. I work with him to try to say new words. I talk to him all day. I read to him in the bath tub, because that is the only place I can keep his attention long enough. He is advanced in some areas. He has been walking backwards since he was 15 months old. He walked at 11 months. He throws with both hands and sometimes at the same time. He just is not interested in talking and I am worried.

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Amanda - posted on 08/07/2012

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Will he repeat sounds you when you try to encourage new words? Do you make him answer, with sounds or body language, when he wants something or do you simply get what he wants without him needing to answer (this may keep him from feeling like he needs to talk.) Can he identify objects by pointing when you ask him (such as where is the horse, dog, cat, ball, etc.) If he does not do any of these things I would recommend having him evaluated, your state should offer free early intervention. If he is doing all of these things, then I would give it some time before worrying too much.

Both of my older children had speach delays, the oldest needed intervention, the middle was delayed but did well without intervention.

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