Monday, 17 February 2014

Ted at 14 Months - No need for words...

A few days ago I took Ted to the Health Visitor. I was a little concerned about his speech as we don't really get very much out of him. Everything is Mum or Bum (Don't ask) and despite him saying Daddy a few times a while back he is yet to say anything else. 

I see other children of his age babbling away saying Mummy, Daddy and a few more little words but Ted really isn't remotely interested in using words. 

Don't get me wrong he is far from a quiet child, he shouts, squeals and makes little squeaking and grunting noises but just doesn't want to say anything. I know I shouldn't compare him to other children and it is really hard to stop myself from saying but so and so's son says "Cat" or what's her names little girl talks all the time.

I decided to go to the HV to see if they had any advice on encouraging him to speak. I have no concerns about Ted's development as he understands exactly what we say to him and follows instructions well. He waves, claps and even blows kisses and is constantly running, dancing and climbing like a lunatic...he even learnt to jump the other day! 

Doing Round and Round the Garden

We have also had a couple of comments from people about how serious Ted looks sometimes and he occasionally goes very quiet and dead pan like he is grumpy but that is far from the case.

The first thing the HV noticed was his walking and she said he is doing really well. He took his first steps a few weeks before his 1st birthday and is now so confident on his feet. She checked his hearing and understanding and then came an odd question...."Does he cry?"

Mr Serious...

This one appeared odd at first but after some thought I realised she was perhaps checking for signs of Autism. I answered that he does cry but doesn't let us comfort him when he is hurt. I then felt the need to point out that he does cuddle and give kisses as if somehow she would judge him based on his lack of needing affection when upset. The Mummy Lion came to the surface but I calmly pushed her back down and we discussed a way to move forward.

She said that she thinks Ted is developing perfectly and perhaps he is concentrating on his physical development at the moment and the speech will follow. From what I could make out this is quite common in little boys as they are quite a bit more boisterous and active than girls. She recommended giving him 3 months and if he hasn't started speaking by then to bring him back in for a check up.

I felt relieved that there isn't anything wrong and that we are doing really well with encouraging him and talking to him constantly to help him learn to communicate.

Overall she said Ted is a really happy friendly little boy and we have nothing to worry about. Then he walked over and gave her a cuddle before letting me know it was time to go by heading to the door and banging on it loudly!

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