Not talking much???

Jessica - posted on 11/16/2008 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi! I have an 18 month old little girl. She is smart as a whip, will do anything u tell her to do. But she just doesn't talk very much. She can say a few words but just doesnt. She will say a new word for a day or so then quit. She can say mama, dada, j, b, buck, aub, dora, nana, papaw, and ky. I just worry. She's my third and I don't remember my other two being this quiet at this age. ???

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User - posted on 11/17/2008

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Jessica,
Mary's advice rings very true!
I am not a professional, but I can relate to your situation. My son (now 3) is an observer (and I think a budding perfectionist) and would say a word very keenly for a few days and then clam up.( He had about 19 words that were clearly audible) He was over 2 before he put 2 words together into sentences to communicate verbally...and I admit I was a little concerned. Like your daughter, he also would follow instructions well, was alert and inquisitive and could point to 75+ pictures when asked by the time he was 18 months old. My Ped would observe him and told me he would talk when he was ready. He is now a chatterbox and has an incredible vocabulary with only the standard Elmer Fudd l's and th's slurred in his speech. He absorbed everything we said and kept it his until he was confident enough or willing to share it with us. My second boy now 18 months old is just the opposite...go figure. I hope this helps. Keep smiling.

Jessica - posted on 11/17/2008

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Thanks for the info! She doesnt do any animal sounds and the words she does do are just syllables. However, yes, she can follow any direction and points. I do always try to get her to say what she's pointing at and all. I'm sure that its nothing, but you know us moms always have to find somthing to worry about. I probably will however bring it up when I take her for her 18 mth checkup next week.

Mary - posted on 11/17/2008

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Hi -- I am a speech pathologist who works with kids from birth to 5 in early intervention. The typical 12-18 month old has at least 10 words (including sounds they make for animals). It is also typical for 2nd and later kids to talk later than #1. Can you understand her when she does speak, and do others understand her? Does she follow directions, and point things out to you that she wants? I usually advise parents to expand on what their child is saying--they absorb so much more than we think, then may come out with it weeks later. ie: she points to the juice, you say " You ( or her name) want juice? Here is juice". If you are concerned you can speak to her Dr, or if you have it in your state, call the early intervention office to get a speech evaluation--it costs nothing, they come to your home and work around your schedule. Even if things are fine, they can suggest really cool stuff to motivate and encourage your daughter without too much pressure. Good Luck!

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