My soon to be 17 month old doesn't say many words. She seems to understand us when we speak to her and tell her to do something, but just doesn't verbalize. She only says a few words (ma, dada, bye-bye) and thats all we've really heard her say. Now she does slack a little physically because she has a brachial plexus injury to her right arm, so I'm wondering with her traumatic birth, if this may have a part in her developmental delay with speaking. Any insights? Also, she does see an OT and a PT so I'm going to inquire with them as well if this is something that needs to be evaluated. TIA
By age 18 months, a child should be able to say at least 5 words. Do you read to your child everyday? Do you talk? If you don't, start reading everyday. See how that affects your child's speech. If your daughter does not start to pick up new words within a month, you should talk with her regular health care provider who might suggest a hearing evaluation.