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Old Jan 4th, 2014, 16:11 PM   1
sheebee
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Language expectations at 17 months


My lo is 17 months old.

He babbles all day long with lots of new noises each day, but he hardly has any 'actual' words.

He says clearly: daddy and car
He uses his own words for: ahhh = Ta (used appropriately with and without prompting)
Mmmmmumumum = food, when he sees it, wants it, or sees someone eating.
Oooooh - water/drink
deeedaaw - upstairs/downstairs depending on which one we are.

He communicates well (although still doesn't point with his index finger), kisses/cuddles when asked, gives high 5s when asked and does lots more to show understanding.

I'm just wondering what my expectations should be? Are made up words ok at this age or should I be worried about the lack of actual words?

Honest answers ladies, if intervention is needed I'd rather know now!

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Old Jan 4th, 2014, 16:17 PM   2
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Lucas is 17 months and doesn't say anything. I'm not worried though.



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2014, 16:21 PM   3
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Thank you! This is nice to hear - so many of my friends LOs have such a huge vocabulary in comparison. Communication (verbal or non verbal) is what's important at this stage I think? Was just looking for some reassurance. Ever since an osteopath dropped into conversation a 'touch of aspergers' I've been shaken a little bit and feeling less confidence in my parenting.



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Old Jan 4th, 2014, 16:27 PM   4
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I know what you mean, LO's cousin is a textbook baby and in comparison to him looks like she's racing ahead. That's just the way it goes though, it won't make any difference to him later in life so I'm just going with the flow. They'll both do it when they're ready



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2014, 16:30 PM   5
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You're absolutely right, and this is my attitude 95% of the time - every so offen I need a reminder. Thank you! (p.s - Lucas was second on our name list - lovely name!)



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Old Jan 4th, 2014, 16:38 PM   6
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It is hard when you start second guessing yourself and whether you're doing enough to help them!
Thank you it wasn't actually my first choice but I do love it and can't imagine him being called anything else now! Lol.



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2014, 17:54 PM   7
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Ciara was saying around 10 words at 17 months and only a few of them were consistent and in context. She also only started pointing around 17/18 months.

She's now 20 months and I've lost count of how many words she has. Easily over 100 I would say. She's making 4-5 word sentences and can count to 10. The 'word explosion' hit at 18 months. It's truly astounding how quick it can take off. I say don't worry yet.



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2014, 18:03 PM   8
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Thomas hadn't even said his first word at 17 months. He had good understanding of language though, and pointed from 10 months so I guess he felt he didn't need to talk! He said "bye" once at 18 months. Then nothing. Said teddy, dad, one and a couple other words at 21ish months. Then bam, 24 months and he exploded with language, had 4 word sentences one day, 5 word the next.

He's a real chatterbox now. He talks very well.



 
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Old Jan 4th, 2014, 18:55 PM   9
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Don't worry at all. With the exception of a hearing problem all kids talk eventually and it isn't related to intelligence. Einstein didn't speak until 5 and plenty of below average people speak early. People think this is much more important than it is.



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Old Jan 5th, 2014, 06:31 AM   10
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Thanks all. Great to have those responses ... Think he's trying to say banana - 'bemama'! So cute!



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