I’ve got the grandest little grandson who is just on 17 months old, has reached all the regular milestones for his age but isn’t talking.
He understands much of what is said to him, so I doubt there’s a hearing disability (he’s had all the regular infant checkups anyway which would have detected an early hearing loss). He’s bright, smart and cheeky, and knows EXACTLY what I mean when I ask if he’d like a biscuit…goes straight to the cupboard and points them out. When I tell him it’s time for a shower, he runs to the bathroom door expectantly. Giving him a letter today and asking him to take it to Pa, he immediately went through the door and delivered it and so on and so forth.
He’s sociable enough for his age-level, makes eye contact but does all the shy/coy stuff that kids this age do when meeting strangers. Goes to childcare twice a week and apart from having a hissy-fit when his mum drops him off, is otherwise comfortable there. No other noticeable abberations really.
He is right up with our new chooks though…upon meeting the new bunch for the first time today and hearing them clucking away I asked him, “Zen, what do chooks say”, and he answered “Bwak bwak”. So, he speaks chook, but not much English it seems.
Do any of you have experiences with ‘late talkers’ who are otherwise totally normal for their age?