I ask because my son is 28 months old and is in speech therapy because he only uses about 5-10 words regularly. He has been evaluated and has something like a 35% language delay. But all the other 2 yr old boys I know are even quieter than he is. My son's speech therapist said that I should get him evaluated for PDD. Well upon looking it up, I really don't think DS has it or even shows signs of it but I know if I get him evaluated for it they are probably going to take something I say completely wrong and diagnose him with it anyways. On the other hand, I feel like if I blow this evaluation off it somehow means I'm in denial and I'm neglecting my parental duties. DS is an active, sociable boy with a good imagination. In fact, the only thing about DS that even remotely corresponds with PDD is the speech delay (which I still think is based on ridiculously high standards anyway) and the fact that we have a routine. The routine is because, let's face it, he's 2 and we have to have a routine to fit everything into a day that he needs but we break the routine whenever we need to (groceries, mall, park, various errands) and it doesn't bother DS in the slightest.
I'm ranting/rambling now sorry but I guess what I'm wanting to know is: IS IT NORMAL FOR A 2 YR OLD TO HAVE A SMALL VOCABULARY (5-10 WORDS) AND TO NOT ALWAYS TALK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES? He does speak in full sentences pretty often too like "I don't know" "I sorry" "Stop being mean" and "No I didn't". The 5-10 words I'm talking about is words used by themselves like "outside" "up" "no" and so on.
My son started talking in small sentences when he was about 2 1/2...its kinda like crawling and walking..sometimes it takes a while to master it but once they understand and WANT to do it they will..and it will just flow after that. personally dont think you should be worried about your sons speech just yet. Give it til 3 if hes not making any improvements..then try the speech therapy..just my opinion..Is he slowly but surely learning new words and using them? maybe mimicking words he hears?
Answer by AydensMommy1109 at 10:51 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
IS IT NORMAL FOR A 2 YR OLD TO HAVE A SMALL VOCABULARY (5-10 WORDS) AND TO NOT ALWAYS TALK IN COMPLETE SENTENCES?
Yes, it is normal. My son was 2.5-3 before he really started talking a lot. My younger son was 3.5-4 before he was talking good and clear. My girls are social creatures and talked complete/clear sentences at 1.5-2 yrs old.
Answer by matthewscandi at 10:47 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
Answer by Nicoles2LilRams at 11:17 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
STs see a lot of kids. They have good insight as to what is typical. An early diagnosis - if there is a problem like PDD - is for the best. Have Early intervention evaluate him. It's no cost to you. DD was diagnosed when she was in middle school...how I wish we knew when she was 2. We could have had appropriate therapy so much earlier. All the signs were there when she was 2...
Answer by JSD24 at 8:45 PM on Jun. 8, 2011