Toddlers: 12 - 24 Months

Not one word at 16 months

My son is receiving EI services for his lack of speech and I am well aware he is not where he should be in regard to language but I am just curious if anyone has a LO that doesn't say one word, not even mama or dada at 16 months. His nonverbal communication and and receptive language are improving but no progress in the word department. He has never been a big babbler either. EI says it will come in time but  I would love to her some of your experiences. TIA!

Re: Not one word at 16 months

  • He says mama, but not in the right context.  Otherwise, no words. But he understands a lot of what we say.
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  • Mine has no real words either, although his comprehension is amazing. The waiting is killing me as well.
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  • E is just shy of 16 months and hasn't clearly said anything, on purpose.  He babbles all the time, says Ba for bath, and mamama & dadada (though not always in the right context). 

    I'm not concerned.  I read to him several times a day, he signs about 6 words and understands a great deal of what we say to him.  He'll talk when he's ready.


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    E is just shy of 16 months and hasn't clearly said anything, on purpose.  He babbles all the time, says Ba for bath, and mamama & dadada (though not always in the right context). 

    I'm not concerned.  I read to him several times a day, he signs about 6 words and understands a great deal of what we say to him.  He'll talk when he's ready.


    This. Except, my son doesn't sign. A few days ago we went to his 15mo check up, and the pedi said he should say about 5 words now, but each kid progresses differently, and we'll reevaluate at 18 mos. If he's not saying 5-10 words by then he is going to refer us to a speech pathologist. Again, I'm not worried... He babbles as if he's trying to put together words, and he definitely understands what we are saying to him.
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  • DS is 21 months and only says Dada and Mama, and sometimes just at a babble.  At his last check-up, I asked the Pedi. He asked if DS understands what we say and he does, so he had absolutely  no concern.  Most ppl seem to indicate its after 2 y.o. that a Pedi may show more concern.   Pedi's are different though.  Does your DS understand what you say, but just doesn't  "talk"?

    I'm not concerned about DS at this point but more than happy to have that language explosion happen anytime!

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  • My guy has an EI too had a few words lost them failed mchat for autism brother with possible aspergers. it is what it is I love my boys  and there is so much early intervention can do.
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