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not talking by 18 months

by concerned friend
(toronto, ontario, canada)

My friend's daughter has reached all the developmental milestones you mention but she's not talking. Should we be concerned? She does, however, understand simple directions. Kindly advise.

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Feb 09, 2012
Not Talking by 18 Reply
by: Anonymous

My little brother used to be like that until my mum took him to the doctors who gave him speech therapy.

They said because (I was 2 years old at the time) I was with him 24/7 I was doing all the talking for him and he was just lazy, maybe that's the case?

However I think you should ask someone as soon as possible to be on the safe side.

Sep 17, 2011
How about her first word?
by: Anonymous

Does she start her first word? Some children may have a well development in understanding surrounding speech, but they may relatively slow in way to produce their own speech verbally.

A child needs to be able to say many single words before they can combine those single words into a meaningful short sentence(if you refer 'talking' as to speak in a sentence).

Some children could only says his or her first word at 18 months, although it's rare, usually is by 12 months. However, if the first word doesn't appear after 18 months, it is suggested to seek for advice from local doctor or Speech Language Pathologist.

Sorry for the broken English writing, hope this will be helpful for you.

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