Khadijah - posted on 09/20/2010 ( 29 moms have responded )
I have 19 1/2 month old g/g twins. I am starting to get worried about one of their speech. She makes the usual baby sounds (babbling to her twin) and she says some single words like: baby, mama, dada, pop pop (her GrandDad), this, shoe, yes, no, cup and a few other words. At her 18 month appt her Pedi even said that she was on target. She does understand everything that I ask her to do and follows directions very well. However, I was reading my weekly update on Babycenter.com and it said that she should be using two word phrases by now, and that if your child drops consenants from words its a red flag that a speech delay could be present.
I wouldn't say that she drops the consenant but a lot of times she will leave out letters and it doesn't come out clearly. For example: If she says the word "shoe" it sounds like "sue". I taught both my girls Signing when they were about 13 months which helped cut down on frustration in relaying what they were trying to tell me. I started wondering if the signing is hendering her from speaking as much as she should. She's not very chatty at all. In fact if I see that she wants something I'll have to ask her. She'll either respond with a yes, or no, or she'll repeat the word I said to let me know that is in fact what she wants.
I go over the alphabet with them everyday. I have read a book to them everyday since they were born. We go over shapes and colors, etc. Is there anything else I should be doing to develope her speech? Does anyone else have 19 month olds with a similar issue?
Maybe I am making something out of nothing but I would rather be on the safe side. Also I think because my sister in law (who is way too out spoken) decided to suggest her theories on why they might not be talking. I just feel like a child will talk in their own time and as long as she isn't 4 years+ and not mouthing a word then she is ok.
What do you think?