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Tippietoes Sat 02-Mar-13 14:56:04

My grand- daughter is 2 years and 5 months, and I know us Nanny's think our grand-babies are perfect..but! She has been able to hold proper sentenced conversations since before she was 2, and is able to repeat quite complex words without difficulty. Is this unusual, my other grand hidden were nowhere near this stage at her age?

fififrog Sat 02-Mar-13 15:33:13

It's hard to compare. My DD is two in three weeks and she talks in sentences - not hugely complex ones mind. Her speech is fairly inaccurate (c's usually sound like t's and g's like d's) but she is usually easy to understand. Her vocab is enormous and she uses quite long words. Nursery seem to think her speech is ahead of average but nothing special. We have a friend whose daughter was talking very clearly in sentences at about 19 months. Anyway, doesn't necessarily mean they will be a genius!

Geeklover Sat 02-Mar-13 15:46:43

Dd was talking in full sentences with a great vocabulary by 20 months. She is almost 10 and is no deferent now to any of her peers.
Ds was an extremely late talker. He's 7 very shortly and again his speech is no different to his peers.
I think they all just have different skills at different times but it often all evens out over time.
I remember a lot of competition between the mums when dd was small about all these things and I do find it amusing now they are all in school together and nobody cares or remembers who walked or talked first.

MiaSparrow Sat 02-Mar-13 15:59:36

You could be my DD's proud Nana! We have a chatter box too (5-6 word sentences at 18ish months, now pretty much fluent at just two). We do get "wow, her speech is amazing!" quite a lot. It is lovely but I agree with previous posters, I'm sure it all evens out in the end so we're not getting too excited.

Really wish she was an "amazing" sleeper. hmm

derektheladyhamster Sat 02-Mar-13 16:01:46

I had a really late speaker. He's now academically very clever. My youngest spoke much sooner, and is very average academically.

cakebar Sat 02-Mar-13 16:15:47

My DD was quite tiny and walked very late so looked much younger than she was, but could talk early (sentences at 18 months) so quite a few people were freaked out by a talking 'baby'. She is at school now and I would say average - a bit above average. I thought she was a genius at the time grin

MrsMushroom Sat 02-Mar-13 20:08:13

My DD1 was a very advanced speaker. Extremely complex sentences from the age of around 18 months and she first spoke at 10 months...by two she was asking philosophical questions and conversing on quite complex subjects.

Fast forward...she's 8 now and whilst she is still very articulate and an advanced reader/speller...the rest is very average.

She's just a skillful orator! SHe's not G&T or anything though we thought she was at the time! grin

TreadOnTheCracks Sat 02-Mar-13 20:14:55

My DD was also a very advanced speaker. People with children the same age were floored the first time they met her (aged around 16 mths).

She is very good at backchat normal now, just the same as her peers (age 7).

sausagesandwich34 Sat 02-Mar-13 20:16:55

Dd1 was an early talker and now at 11 is very bright

So could go either way really

DeWe Sat 02-Mar-13 22:20:26

My dc were all early talkers.
Dd1 was full 6-7 word sentences by 20 months. At 21 we were staying with my dp and my dm loves to repeat how she asked her to choose something and she replied with "I'll be moment, tause I'll have to consider."

Dd2 was an earlier speaker, used it to great effect to make sure her presence was felt wink She hit the "why" stage at 15 months which was very tiring. She was also an early walker, to contradict all the people that say children do one or the other.

Ds wasn't as good as the others, but once he'd had his grommets put in at 20 months he caught up very quickly, within a month.

All of them were reading basically round about the age of 2, and reasonably fluently by 2.6yo.

BUT they're aged 12, 9 and 5 and they're all competant on the English side, but not outstanding. They're all much more mathematical as me and dh are.

And I don't know why they were such talkers, neither me or dh are big talkers, and the only one of the dc who you'd describe as a chatterbox now is dd2, and even then she's not that talkative.

I remember with dd1, I had a friend whose dc1 was born within a month of dd1. Her dc1 was referred to SALT at 2yo for saying almost nothing-I think it was 4 words. We lost contact for a while and re-met when our dc were aged about 4.6yo, and you couldn't have told the difference in speech between them. You certainly couldn't have picked out who was an early talker and who needed intervention to get talking. It was so lovely to hear after I knew that there'd been so much worry over her speech.

I do think that for most children, it's one of those things that they do or they don't and it shows very little for the long term.

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