Posted by: Toddler and Talking | 2004/10/13



Hi Doc,
My toddler is 17 months old. He's been healthy his whole life - only had 3 courses of antibiotics for throat & ear infections. He reached all his milestones very quickly - walked at 10 months. He climbs up on everything and is generally ball of energy.

My concern is that he is still not using any words. Be "babbles" a lot - constantly and shows and gestures at stuff that he's "talking" to you about. He understands pretty much everything and responds well to even more complex instructions like "go fetch you book in your room" or "go outside and put the animals (toys) back in the bucket".

We try encouraging speech by naming every object that he points to, looking at picture books and naming things. During the day he stays at home with the nanny and his brother comes home from school around 2-o'clock who also spends lots of time with him. Is there anything else we can do to try and develop his speech or should we be investigating a physical cause for the delay?

Expert's Reply



At this age the most important thing is to ensure that he hears and understands well. The stimulation you provide sounds adequate and I would not be concerned at present.

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