13 month old with receptive language delay

Chinni - posted on 04/08/2013 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi everybody,
My 13 month old boy doesn't seem to understand like simple commands like 'give me your ball' or 'give it to dad' etc. He seems to be not understanding at all. He understand commands with gestures like come , shut the door or ring the bell etc. His play sense is good and imitates as well. He just says nana and dada and rarely hi. He doesn't point all the time but sees the objects when asked. Must say that we didn't teach him to point during his 9 to 11 months of month. Is it because of which he got delayed much? Also he never sits for a while whenever I try to read him some books. He is always on the go. He claps well and started waving clumsily. Please let me know if I will have to get him evaluated for speech delay? Thanks!

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Liezl - posted on 06/03/2013

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It sounds as though his language is developing very normal. Keep in mind that he will respond to the instructions that he knows well and whatever he really wants to do at this point. My son has great language development, but only really started following instructions from 15 months onward. Try not to compare him to other kids his age. Kids develop in different areas at different times. Some of the kids who are following instructions, might not be able to wave yet like your son does. Give it another 2-3 months and you'll really start to see some awesome changes.

Mandy - posted on 05/23/2013

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Here is a link to a simple screening questionnaire (if the link doesn't work just google "asq3 14 month questionnaire") but this is way simpler than a full evaluation, still it can give you an idea about the important milestones and the scoring page at the end can give you an idea or where your son falls.

http://www.hanscom.af.mil/shared/media/d...

But if you just moved to India, the move itself and the change in language and culture could have caused a little speed bump in your son's language development.

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Chinni - posted on 05/22/2013

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Mandy, I really thank your suggestion to get my son evaluated. Well my son is 14 month old now and to mention his receptive language has developed alot. However his expressive speech didn't improve much. He now tries to repeat some words what we say but not clearly. I must say he is still delayed in his milestones such as walking and speech. I had him an appointmentwith a physio therapist yesterday and he ruled out autism as the baby was social, understands emotions and points. He said my son has developmental delays and he sees him on the hyper active end. He said his babbling seems to be good. Asked us to revisit at his 16 month again. I had recently moved to India as my husband had to travel for a while. I am not sure if they have any evaluation centers over here. Could you please help me what signs had they checked for your child for evaluation. This is just to check with my son and ease my mind.
Thankyou again for your thoughts on this!

Mandy - posted on 05/22/2013

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I know this post is over a month old so things may have changed a lot since then and I don't want to unnecessarily worry you, but I say why wait? If you are concerned, call your state's early intervention hotline and talk to them about possibly getting an evaluation, the evaluation should be free.

There is a difference between a 13 month old not talking yet and a 13 month old not understanding what other people are saying. I think you already appreciate that judging by your use of the term receptive language delay.

In early April, when you posted, my daughter had also just turned 13 months, and she was in a similar place, a little worse, but similar. She didn't seem to understand anything we were saying, she gave no signs of understanding things like "where's the ball" or "look at daddy", I'm not sure if she even recognized her own name. She wasn't pointing. And she had no words other than she would say bye while waving in response to others saying bye.

She had a hearing test which was perfect and I said to the audiologist, ok but she's not talking, and she said we don't start to worry until they are 2. I had a friend who was a speech pathologist who said don't worry until 16 months. Her ENT (she has ear tubes) said I could wait to worry until 15 months. Everyone was telling me she would catch up and to just wait.

Except my sister, she said "why wait?" So I had her evaluated and it turns out she has a significant delay in receptive and expressive language (her age equivalent was 6 months!--hearing this was a shocker even to me) and she qualifies for services. So she is receiving speech therapy and I feel like I already am seeing an improvement, we of course have a long way to go, but I am so glad I didn't waste any time getting her the help she needed.

Nuria2012 - posted on 04/08/2013

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Hi Chinni,

I agree with Chelsey, you mustn´t worry about it. It is true your daughter is only 13 months, the same than my toddler. My little LO has said some words such as baby, papa, mama,... They are acquiring the language, don´t worry. One day, your LO began to speak to you, and there will nobody able to stop it. That is what I think with my LO, who is still crawling. I think when she begins to walk, My God!!!!

Chelsey - posted on 04/08/2013

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First of all relax. Your son is 13 months, he is probably not going to be saying a ton of words. My son is 14 months and only says a few words as well. My little guy has a mind of his own and if he has something and I tell him to give it to me or anyone else it is not going to happen most of the time either. My girls both liked to sit and read a book but my boy would rather chew on it or rip the pages out. All kids develop at different rates and 13 months seems a little young to be worried about him not developing speech especially since he says a couple things and will interact and play.

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