My little boy has a speech problems and need speech therapy his nursery didn't see this an issue until he was around 2 1/2 and put him forward for help, he's hitting all his targets in every other area he's just behind on his talking, I'm not to worried as I can't imagine he'll still be talking like this at 18! I just think some children need abit more help then others but they all get there in the end.
He's a bit behind, but coming along. We were looking at a book today and he was attempting to name lots of things. I was surprised by many of the things he named. "Duck" and "bear" are things he likes to name, but I didn't expect "kitty" and several other things. His words wouldn't be recognized out of context, but paired with the pointing I could tell he was trying to actually say them. He's moving along with things slowly, but surely.
I left a phone message for the person I scheduled the evaluation with. I want to tell her about how he's made progress since the initial referral and ask at what point we "wait and see" and at what point we go forward with the evaluation. It seems like he's making slow and steady progress. I don't feel too concerned anymore. If he keeps up like this, I would anticipate him speaking in short sentences by 3.
Still can't get a hold of the EI person, but Leo has started putting two words together. He has said:
"Bye-bye dada" (he has said bye bye to one other person/thing)
"Ball, Skitty." (Skitty is our cat and he was trying to hand a ball to him)
I'm pretty sure those are the only phrases he has used, but he's not markedly off on starting to put two words together, even if he is a little slow with it. He has also been pairing words with gestures such as pointing to his hand and saying a word to indicate that he wants something. For example, pointing to his hand and saying "cookie" or "bird." When asked if he wants those things, he nods and verbally confirms that he does want it." He'll also say "mama" and pat a chair to ask me to sit next to him. There are some basic words he still doesn't have like "more" (he signs it) or milk (again he signs it). But his functional vocabulary combined with gestures is still quite good and his vocabulary isn't so limited anymore. The tricky thing with his vocabulary is deciphering what he's saying. This isn't something SLP's look at until closer to 3 though. It's possible that this is what's really slowing him down with his language.
Edit: On a side note, within the last few days, he has switched from consistently calling me "mama" to calling me "mommy!"
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