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July 8th, 2012, 08:57 AM
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Chloe will be one in a week, and is a little over 9 months corrected, but she doesn't really babble. She blows raspberries, she squeals and coos, but she doesn't babble with consonants, and she doesn't say any words. Overall, she's fairly quiet. I am extremely worried because her brother is on the spectrum. She makes good eye contact, she seems to engage pretty well, but she only responds to her name some of the time. She has a speech assessment in August, but I would love to hear that this is normal or at least not abnormal. Truthfully, I am pretty scared right now.

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July 10th, 2012, 01:17 PM
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I'm not around much anymore.... but we went through similar stuff with Declan AND once he learned around 6 words (around the age of 13-15 months) he stopped saying most of them after awhile. Fast forward to 21.5 months and in the past 8 weeks or so he's gone from 6 words to 50 some. Personally, I wouldn't worry too much, though it's always good to get things checked out if you aren't comfortable with how it's going. You know Chloe best, and if you feel there's a delay then I'd jump on getting her in to see the doc .

Our other major concern was walking - he didn't walk unassisted until mid-May, and even then it took him a full month to really start walking more than he was crawling. So he would have been around 19 months actual.

It is so hard not to worry! In our case though, we have a group of people at the hospital in the perinatal follow up team (dr's, nurses, physio, OT, nutritionist, etc) and they keep a close eye on us and are available anytime we need reassurance or questions answered.

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July 12th, 2012, 05:58 PM
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It's good you are getting a speech assessment but I really wouldn't worry yet. My 25wkr wasn't talking at 2yrs. She got speech every other week for a year. One day, right before her 3rd birthday, she just started talking and in full sentences. When they assessed her to transition to preschool at 3, she no longer qualified.

My 29wkr had speech delays as well. I could understand him but no one else could. He received speech through preschool and all the way up to 5th grade when they released him from speech. He talks fine now.

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