So we had Maddie's speech evaluation today. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but I think it went well. The therapist didn't think she was behind, she said they want kids to have 20-50 words at her age. M has about 30 words, 15 of which are "real" words (kick means kick, as opposed to lala means dog/elmo). Her only real concern was that Mads doesn't really have much interest in imitating words/sounds. She was totally fine on receptive speech, which I knew she would be.
So we were sent home with tons of worksheets for me to read, and lots of ideas to start implementing to encourage her to say new words. She said that I should see some improvement in 2-3 weeks. She also said that she *should* be learning at least one new word a week at this point (which she isn't doing right now). So we have a follow up appt in one month, and if she still isn't progressing at that point then we'll start speech therapy.
I'm a little disappointed, I thought it would be a little bit more of a formal evaluation, where she would tell me where she was (age wise) with her expressive speech. I guess that's a different program that does that kind of eval? But overall I'm pretty happy with how it went, and I'm looking forward to reading through all of the literature she gave me and starting to work with her at home.