Danielle - posted on 12/26/2010 ( 61 moms have responded )
I am just wondering what is a good age to get my little boy evaluated. He was born in September 2008, so he is a little over two years old (27 months).
He doesn't speak a lot. He can say some words like "Bye", "Momma", "Gahgee (Daddy)", "up", "no", "uh no", "hello", "hi", "baby", "truck", "tree", "banana", "kitty","puppy", "baba", "go", "Thank you", "apple","blue", "purple", "yellow", "green", "bubble", and maybe a few more similar to those words.
The problem is that he doesn't say them very frequent, and he has not learned a new word or phrase in a while. He also has not started to string words together and still insists on pointing and grunting.
He also doesn't seem to listen at all. I realize that it is a toddler thing where he is trying to control his surroundings but he doesn't listen in a way where he isn't responding when his name is called, and he doesn't seem to understand simple instruction like getting his shoes, or sitting down when I need to put them on.
He has a very short fuse as well. It is hard to direct him when I am trying to get him to sit, or to assist/ teach him how to put his toys together properly. He will get upset because he wants his shoes on, but can not connect that he will get his shoes on sooner if he listened and were sitting like I have told him repeatedly to do.
When he doesn't achieve the end result he expects in the first few attempts he will reach his boiling point and fall into a full blown tantrum.
Again, I fully understand that the tantrums are a regular toddler reaction as a result of an under developed brain; I am just worried that his lack of patience, coupled with his stalling vocabulary could be exaggerated from another problem.
I watch another little boy who is a month older than my son and he is speaking up to two -three word phrases which has led some of my family and friends to suggest that my son has fallen behind the usual learning curve for his age group.
I am starting to get concerned myself. He seems to have stalled with his development and in a way regressed since now he is very infrequently using the words he does know.
Does anyone have any advice?
I am starting to get really concerned about this and dont know if I should wait it out or if it is serious enough to take him in and get him checked by a developmental professional.
Should I be concerned? Is it normal for some regression in these stages of a toddlers life?
I've tried to sit him down teach him but he has no patience for what I am saying and throws a fit. I am at loss for what to do to help him.