16 month grandson not speaking

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Kay - posted on 03/25/2016

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Yes, I did look at the information. My concerns continue. He loves learning. He can identify all the parts of his face--nose, eyes, ears, mouth--he knows up and down--he knows slow and fast--he can point to circle, square, oval, diamond, and heart--he points to the frig when he wants a cheese stick or milk and goes to the sink of water. He has recently started chewing motions to mean I want to eat. So I know he is very bright. He did scream at Mickey Mouse on the TV--"NOOOOO" last week, but there have been no other words of communication. My daughter's college roommate is a speech therapist and she feels he needs to be evaluated (she has not seen him and is going only upon what we have shared with her). However, today, his father said, "He has an appointment in 6 weeks with his doctor; he will advise us then." Six weeks is a long time to me to wait. What are some things you think I can do to help him try to say a few words. He is now 17 months old.

Sarah - posted on 02/28/2016

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Did you look at the criteria? He doesn't fall outside of normal limits. If your daughter is worried she can do a parent requested evaluation of his speech and hearing thru Early Intervention.

Kay - posted on 02/27/2016

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Yes, his mother who is my daughter is so upset, but my son-in-law who doesn't get upset often and who is naturally very passive hasn't said much.

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2016

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This is a link to the American Speech Language and Hearing Association, it describes the typical speech development from birth thru early childhood. If you click on the "one to two years" you will find the expected verbal and hearing skills for the age group. Remember at 16 months your grandson would fall in the early part of this age group and "this information represents, on average, the age by which most monolingual speaking children will accomplish the listed milestones. Children typically do not master all items in a category until they reach the upper age in each age range. Just because your child has not accomplished one skill within an age range does not mean the child has a disorder"
http://asha.org/public/speech/developmen...
Do his parents seem concerned?

Kay - posted on 02/27/2016

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My grandson has said many words, such as "hotdog," "cat," blue" "moo," "no," and "Elvis", but he only says them once or twice. He is very bright, points and nods or shakes his head for things, but will not speak. There are some days he says nothing. His doctor said, "He does have abnormal verbal communication, but I am not worried." Well, this grandmother is.

Sarah - posted on 02/27/2016

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What do you mean? Is he completely silent? At 16 months it is not uncommon for some kids to just say a few words.

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