When to get concerned?

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Registered: 11-01-2005
When to get concerned?
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Fri, 11-11-2011 - 12:54pm

Hi Ladies, especially mom's of older babies...

Maxim is 18 months today and the daycare had us do a short development screen for both 15 months and 18 months.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Fri, 11-11-2011 - 6:11pm

I know James is only 12 months, but I studied cognitive science with a focus on linguistics/language acquisition, etc . . . I would NOT be concerned AT ALL.

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Registered: 09-08-2007
Fri, 11-11-2011 - 6:26pm

To add a few other thoughts . . .

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Registered: 12-04-2007
Fri, 11-11-2011 - 7:17pm
Ruby- I would not be worried about Maxim right now, keep an eye on him, but really I would not worry. Have you done any signing with him? Some kids pick up on that faster. My friends little girl had very few words at 18 months, but over 100 signs or something. I have another friend who's little boy is just really starting to talk now, and he's almost 2.5. He has started to talk though, so it's not like he's not capable or anything. I have a few neighbors raising bilingual kids, and all of them seem to be developing language a little slower. I would wait till he's two to worry about it, I bet you'll be surprised by how much he changes by then.

As far as one on one time with your kids goes, I totally could have written what you wrote Adrienne. I rarely spend tons of time just "playing" with James and he is very verbal. He speaks in complete sentences with pretty good grammar, and he's not even 2.5 yet. I think all kids are just so different, and there's not a whole lot you can do that will effect these early milestones. Some kids learn from TV, some don't, some crave lots of one on one play, some are better at playing on their own, as long as what you're doing is within reason, I don't think you need to stress over whether or not you spend hours each day working on their language development. David started walking at 8 months, but it's not like I was making him practice for hours every day and that's why he did it, that was just when he hit that particular milestone.

Also, Ruby, I never really worked with James very much on his body, and he still somehow managed to figure them all out :-)
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Registered: 11-01-2005
Fri, 11-11-2011 - 7:33pm

Erica,

Thanks again for affirming that I need to correct the daycare on his name.

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Registered: 08-24-2005
Fri, 11-11-2011 - 10:39pm

Ruby- I agree with the others, and Honestly I wouldn't be concerned yet.

Fede is 5 months older than Maxim and he still doesn't "talk", and he sin't even bilingual!!. He only has between 5 and 10 words!! I'm mildly worried about it, but on the other had, he has tons of sounds for things (for example, he makes a clearly different, and extremely accurate sound for the lawnmower and the trimmer), points at all the correct body parts when we name them, he obviously understands EVERYTHING we say to him, etc... So I'm taking it easy for now.

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Registered: 07-15-2004
Sat, 11-12-2011 - 12:10am
Simon had quite a few words at 18 months. Maybe in the 20 range. He was still signing and didn't say most of the words that he was signing. However shortly after 18 months he started parrotin everything he heard. Every day now he is coming up and saying new words daily.

I agree with some of the other ladies that if he isn't really taking off by two then I would be a little more concerned. Or speak with a specialist and not someone at day care. Working in the hospital you should have someone you could get a opinon from correct?

 Cassie 

     

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Registered: 12-23-2003
Sat, 11-12-2011 - 3:33am

I just have to say I love all these awesome responses you got Ruby!

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Registered: 03-08-2008
Sat, 11-12-2011 - 1:33pm

I don't have older kids, but wanted to give my 2 cents anyway!






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Registered: 12-30-2007
Sat, 11-12-2011 - 8:00pm

Ruby- I agree with what has been said thus far, but wanted to add a funny story about not using a nickname. We only call William, William. He has never been called anything else by DH or another family member so that was all he responded to. A girl I work with calls him Will all the time even after being corrected and she could never figure out why he didn't respond to her. Now that he has an idea of when she talks to him he will sometimes respond. The other day she called him Will and he looked at her said, "No, I Willem(that's what he calles himself). Who Will?" He has now realized that he is William and not anything else....hopefully she starts calling him William.

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Sat, 11-12-2011 - 8:33pm

I know I'm late and you already got a ton of great responses but I wanted to chime in.

Some days I wonder about Teddy and not talking, because by this age Ray had over 5 words.

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