18 mths and very few words, understands all conversations though

Alyssa - posted on 03/21/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 18 mth old can follow many simple directions, but only has about 5 words/ My older son now 5, was already stringing words together. Suggestions to increase vocabulary?

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Jodie - posted on 03/21/2011

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Hey Alyssa!

I'm in the same situation with my daughter right now. At her 18 month check-up she maybe had 5 words. She was re-evaluated when she turned 2 in Feb and since there hasn't been much improvement she's been referred to a speech therapist where she's on a 28 week waiting list. I was given a package of activities to do with her though so if you're interested you can message me your email address and I'll pass it onto you. I'd post it here but it's like 10 pages long. LOL!

Jennifer - posted on 03/21/2011

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My third child was like that, only I don't think he could say even 5 words. I was a little concerned, and at his 18 mo. well check his doc said she would give it til his 2nd b-day and if by then he still wasn't talking much, then further testing necessary. About a week or two before his birthday, his vocabulary exploded! He started saying everything, and by his 2 year well check was talking in complete sentences and finishing complete thoughts. He just turned 3 in Feb., and when I take him out somewhere, most people don't believe that he is only three, because he talks so plain that everyone can understand him. If your really concerned, take him to the doc. Delayed speach can be the symptom of so many different things, or it could be nothing at all.

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