Forum: Children with Developmental Delays and Disorders
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My ds is 17 months old, and he doesn't talk. The only words he says is dada, mama and Gabe (our cat). He would rather scream and point than try and learn new words. I'm really worried about him. I don't think he has any kind of hearing problems. He listens and responds just fine. Has any one else experienced this? Is he just being lazy or could there be something really wrong?
Laura (26), proud wife to my Air Force veteran Dave (33) and blessed mommy to Lucas (5) and Laylah (4) and always remembering our Angel (July 4, 2005)
It may not be a bad idea to call the ped and ask for a referral for a speech evaluation through early intervention. He does sound delayed for a 17 month old, but without an eval you won't be able to get any speech services. My dd started her speech services at 18 months and was barely babbling sounds. The earlier you can start services, the quicker he can catch back up. And if the eval shows hes not delayed, than no harm no foul, plus piece of mind for you.
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id talk to a developmental specialist with an early intervention program, but at his age it might not mean much. the professionals would be able to tell you more. if something is wrong, the sooner you get services for him the better. trust your instint