I side on the cautious side with communication in toddlers now. This is due to the fact that my first child spoke in clear, precise sentences at 18 mos. My second child only had 4 words at the same time. Most everyone was brushing me off saying there was nothing to be concerned about. Each child develops at their own pace. There is such a wide range of normal.
There are Early Interventions Services available in every state. They have different names, but they all do basically the same thing. Most states are funded through the 'No Child Left Behind Act'. Trying to get kids ready for Kindergarten before they get there and have potentially bigger problems.
Milestones 12 to 18 Months:
* Experiences a burst of language development
* Comprehends approx. 50 words
Milestones 18 - 24 Months
* Talks, making 3-4 word sentences
* Points and identifies objects by request
* Follows simple instructions
* Points to pictures in books when asked
The review process and testing for services is free. They will test Cognitive, Communication, Social-Emotional, Adaptive/Self Help, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Hearing, Vision, and Health.
My gut was telling me not to have the wait and see attitude. Especially since the evaluation is free. What harm would it do to see if there was an underlying problem. She passed all of the tests except for communication. She qualified for Special Instruction / Speech Services. We had a teacher come to the house every week and then twice a month to work specifically with her in developing her speech skills.
She aged out of Early Intervention at 3 and then went into the Public School System for Speech Therapy. She is almost 4 and I am so glad I found the services for her. We moved out-of-state during the middle of her services so I have info for both MD and VA.
Infant and Toddlers Program
Infant and Toddler Connection