So dd didn't really use language to communicate consistently until 2.5. She had words you heard occasionally but was quiet for the most part. currently she has 100+ words, uses words to express needs and answers yes/no questions about 50% of the time (but always says what she actually wants. she started with her last ei speech therapist right at two. we noticed that she never used words during therapy sessions and her therapist chalked it up to still emerging skills. by the end of ei she was speaking to her therapist like she would to me. she's currently been in preschool for 2.5 weeks. her therapists/teachers report that she has warmed up very quickly--she's generous with hugs and hi's to greet, seeks comfort when she's upset, brings toys to play/share interest, smiles and laughs a lot, etc. however they report she's mostly silent outside of greetings and the occasional animal name/sound. Is this to be expected? It seems unusual especially since the skills are no longer just emerging.