My 2.5 year old only has about 50 words, very concerned

Puneet - posted on 07/28/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )




Hello everyone,
I am very worried and concerned about my 2.5 year old and his speech. He averages about one new word a week. Where his cousins that are just a few months apart are talking up a storm. I have researched all the possible disorders and its driving be nuts. I am up at night just Googling, waiting is the hardest part.
He has met all of his other milestones on time and He understands much more than he can speak. It is just me and him at home most of the time and im afraid i didnt talk to him as much as i should have when he was a baby. Also being bilingual makes it more tough. He can count 1-10 and knows half of his abcs and knows words like, daddy dada mama mom car purple ball bubble cake apple shoe outside up dora pizza etc. but only has one two word sentence which is more milk. I have talked to his doctor and she is not concerned about autism and said to come see her again in 3 months time, so in september. The only thing that concerns me about autism is he does not show me when he sees something interested he will just go to it if he cant get to it he will take my finger and lead me the way then point his finger and say "want". He does say "yay!" And makes eye contact for us to clap to when he does something exciting . he makes great eye contact but not when he is busy playing with his toys then i have to say his name louder then he looks. He also knows when i am angry or happy and is very affectionate. When we are out in public he is great and loves going to new places. However if a stranger approaches him and touches him he will scream but if they come slowly and say hi he will smile. If he keeps seeing the "stranger" alot more especially at home then he will play with them like he has known them for ages. He sleeps great at night and takes a two hour nap during the day and is not a picky eater. I guess i would just like some insight on more experienced parents in similar situations. Sorry for the long post, just a very concerned FTM. Thank you in advance for the responses and reading all of this.


Jodi - posted on 07/28/2016




If your doctor isn't concerned, I wouldn't be concerned if I were you. Children develop their speech at different rates, and just because one toddler is talking up a storm, doesn't mean there is something wrong with a child who isn't. You need to stop googling for problems and stop comparing him to others and realise that this is probably perfectly normal. Saying he wants something is normal, wanting praise for something is normal, fear of strangers is normal. Nothing you have described is out of the ordinary.

Keep talking to him as you go about your day and encourage him in learning new words.

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