Information for delayed 16 Month Old children

Laurie - posted on 02/06/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




I have a 16 month old daughter, that doesn't speak, she babbles. She say mamama, and dadada but that is it. She doesn't point or gesture to what she wants. She is delayed in her communication skills, she doesn't really communicate with myself or her father. If she want you to move she will push you out of the way, or move your leg or foot if it is interfering when she is walking. She really doesn't play with her toys correctly. She is also delayed in her fine motor skills. However she runs, climbs, she is very active. She never wants help, she would rather do it herself. She does have some red flags for Autism. She doesn't really show affection. She has waved a hand full of times. She has also clapped a hand full of times but that is it. Her eye contact is good. However She doesn't follow one step direction at all. Early Intervention had elvaulated her and she is able to recieve services from them. We are still waiting on the report to back from them. Has anyone gone through this, I'm so worry she will never talk. Does anyone know of any good books that are helpful with delayed children?


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Crystal - posted on 02/09/2013




It sounds like you have a very strong willed child, which is good. There are different types of speech therapists that can help and have experience with many types of children. Has her hearing been tested also? I am glad you are able to get assistance through an early intervention program. She may be having trouble understanding, which will also affect her communication. My babysitter became the guardian for her cousin who has cerebral palsy. When she got him, when he was 17, he could not really communicate either, but he made great improvements in her care and through the help of great therapists. It may take some time, but I have high hopes that she will improve, especially since you could it so early on. It may be easier for her to learn and understand simple signs first. Stay positive and don't give up hope.

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