When I brought K-Dub in for his 15 month check up, his APRN asked if he was saying any words yet. When I said no she asked me if I was worried about that. Hmm. No, not really. It was twelve years ago but I remember Red being a late talker and 15 months still seemed young. That was a month and a half ago.
Now at 16½ months K’s main forms of communication are gestures and sounds. D mostly. Da-da-da, dee-dee-dee, du-du-du with different inflections for different things. He says other consonants, but D is the most used. He also doesn’t point out items, although he will bring a book when asked. It still didn’t alarm me too much until I looked in Red’s baby book and he said “Hi” with purpose at 13½ months. The child that I remember as being a late talker. K may have said “Hi” once or twice, but not obviously.
He also copies sounds like “Uh Oh”, but more like sounds than words. So on Friday I made a call to his APRN and she referred me to an audiologist and wanted me to also contact Birth to Three. (I’m having deja vu since Red was also referred to an audiologist at either his 15 or 18 month check ups for his lack of vocabulary). So we have a hearing test at the end of the month and Birth to Three asked me a bunch of questions and is going to call me back about scheduling an in-home evaluation.
Considering that I’ve gone down this road with Red and he’s fine, I’m inclined to think that he’s just a late bloomer. But since he’s three months older than Red was when he said his first word, it’s hard not to wonder if I’m not seeing something because I don’t want to. And so we wait…