When our FS was about that age (and not talking much) we were constantly dealing with hitting people. I agree that he wasn't trying to be mean, but is trying to say, "Come here", "move over", "gimme my toy back", etc. The good news is that it is a phase. By about 26-27 months, he stopped doing that as he realized that he can say a few words to get our attention. Things like, "Help", "come" (usually by holding your finger and pulling you to what he wants), "eat", etc. Also, ours started speech therapy at about 21 m/o, and that has helped A LOT! He still didn't say much (but some) for about 4-5 months. Now at 28 m/o he can say more than 100 words, a vast increase from about 6 words. You both will get thru it. Perhaps you could call Early Childhood Intervention to see if it would help your DS. But act quickly, they only work with them until 36 m/o.
at 10:23 AM on Jul. 29, 2009