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16 month old has "lost" all his words.

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magoosmom Tue 12-Feb-13 10:38:29

DS had 3 words and about 5 animal sounds at 8 months. At 13 months he had 15 words including "all gone" when he'd finished eating and "hot" if the radiator was hot or the fire was on so not just nouns. However for the past 3 months he rarely says anything other than Daddy and Mama and random sounds. He understands everything we say but he's definitely frustrated so I don't understand why he isn't using the words he knows. Has anyone else been in this situation where their child has stopped talking? Dont know if I should be worried?

SocietyClowns Wed 13-Feb-13 13:02:58

alto1 [envious] that your dd got grommets so young. They don't consider them here until a child is at least 5! angry

magoosmom Wed 13-Feb-13 17:09:42

Thanks for all the replies. He is very sociable and loves other children especially older boys. He's very empathic , if I pretend to be sad or cry he'll hug and kiss me. He can follow most instructions -turn on the light, pick up the teddy, get your coat, even more detailed instructions like give me a kiss on my nose. He's very physical and follows the rules of games like hide and seek, can build lego towers etc. I don't feel it is autism , myself ,DH, SIL, BIL and MIL are all primary school teachers and have experience of Autistic kids and between us we'd recognise some signs . If he had glue ear for example would he love music and songs so much? He loved dancing and knows the actions to wheels on the bus and twinkle twinkle . The CM says he dances even when he phone rings! He loves cartoons and laughs so he seems to follow the story. I Rang the public health nurse and she said she'll get back to me tomorrow.

MariahHairy Wed 13-Feb-13 18:38:34

no offence OP but as the mum of a DC with autism I can say that most teachers (and HV's and GP's for that matter) know very little about autism (though they seem to all think they do) .

Catchingmockingbirds Wed 13-Feb-13 21:06:19

I agree mariah.

HotheadPaisan Wed 13-Feb-13 21:20:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

StarlightMcKenzie Wed 13-Feb-13 21:27:20

Teachers are pretty hopeless at recognising autism in young children. It is only once their needs have been unmet for many years leading to them to display disruptive behaviour patterns, that their issues are identified.

That doesn't mean your ds has autism. But I wouldn't rule it out from what you have posted either. The safest thing is to get to your GP for a paed referral with your list of concerns.

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Wed 13-Feb-13 21:51:56

Unfortunately OP, your reasoning against autism, social behaviours doesn't rule out autism, but autism is such a huge umbrella of varying "behaviours" which is why it is dx by a triad of specialists, and it's the combination of the results of different assessments which determines the diagnosis.

however a hearing impairment, such as glue ear, can present like autism.
My severely deaf dc has a great love of music and can dance along without hearing aids, likes being the centre of attention, so would be up next to the teacher, I think it's because of the frequency dc also loves watching cartoons and laughs or gets upset in the appropriate places,, and can lip read. which took us by surprise always turned to name, despite not actually being able to hear it.

I'm not saying your ds is deaf or autistic, but would advise that you see a doctor and have have a referral to have them ruled out.

babySophieRose Wed 13-Feb-13 22:02:41

Nothing wrong with your child. He is occupied with mastering walking, climbing, looking at the world around him. My DD is almost 16 months, she has few words one week, forgetting them on the next week, coming up with new ones later. She is currently climbing, opening all drawers looking at everything with great curiosity and does not have time for many words, just bubbling and singing when going around. This is just the way they grow and develop.

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daytoday Thu 14-Feb-13 10:55:31

Glue ear can come and go. My daughter suffers but you really wouldn't know!There are also different sound frequencies which can be affected - so although they might hear some noises - the subtler ones might be underwater.

Sometimes, if there is subtle hearing loss (glue ear etc) they can hear ok if its just you - but any background noise (other children, radio) can make it impossible to discern.

jenduck Thu 14-Feb-13 18:45:19

My ds2 has just turned 22mo & said his first 4 words at the weekend. But he hasn't said 3 of them now since Monday! is this ok? I have been worrying anyway as he was a slow speaker & hoped this might be the floodgates opening!

jenduck Thu 14-Feb-13 20:24:32

Literally the minute after I posted this, my little monkey said one of his words not once, but 3 times for good measure, so may well be guilty of panicking too soon blush

alto1 Thu 14-Feb-13 22:54:40

shocked to hear about the no grommets till age 5 rule, we had the surgeon leaning on us to accept them (not that we needed leaning on but he made it clear what he thought was the right choice). If it's just glue ear with no other probs I can understand waiting but if there's significant hearing loss and speech is affected time is of the essence.

alto1 Thu 14-Feb-13 22:59:10

btw dd adored music and songs, used to request favourites by signs and obviously enjoyed them so she wasn't completely deaf by any means , just enough to hold her back with language

AbbyCat Thu 14-Feb-13 23:08:23

[hmmm] my DS did this. He had about 5 words- mama, nana, gone, that, nah(cat) and eventually even lost the mama and nana. Till 22m when he suddenly has a huge vocabulary and is stringing words together. I worried about autism too- very afraid of change and new social situations, but he seems to have come out of his shell of his own accord. I was concerned to begin with, but it wasn't hard to see the he understood a lot and could point out various animals, colours, vehicles etc. he would just say 'ugh' instead of the word. I think there was just some sort of barrier mentally to actually forming the words. I hope your DS will be fine too!

onedev Thu 14-Feb-13 23:08:49

Please get him checked out. My niece was exactly as you describe & has recently been diagnosed as severely autistic. Again, not trying to scare-monger, but definitely worth checking out.

firawla Thu 14-Feb-13 23:54:27

I would get him checked out, and keep a record of the words he had and words he lost - just incase you need it.
My ds who is 3 lost words at around the same age, he is only just learning to talk again now, he has a dx of autism but he is also very sociable. the social aspects of autism can actually go the other way - rather than them being not wanting to interact with anyone, isolated etc, it can be that they dont have boundaries and will just go happily to anyone, very trusting etc so appear very sociable.. my ds is like that
although it could also be hearing, or it could be just one of those things and nothing, but the social thing doesnt rule out autism

magoosmom Fri 15-Feb-13 17:57:42

Rang public health nurse she seemed unconcerned but advised going to the dr to get ears checked. Have made an appointment for next week. We were feeding ducks yesterday and he said duck clearly many times and also kept saying duck at home in the bath last night. We were on a farm today and he said tractor repeatly so it's not as if he'd saying nothing, still says mama daddy yes and no occasionally dog and car. I suppose it's words like light that he could say at 12 months but yesterday pointed to the light and said gaga hmm DH was golfing today and his friend who has a DS 7 weeks older than our DS and he said his DS doesn't say a lot of the words he used to say, he volunteered this info before DH mentioned any of our concerns so he didn't say it to placate us. DS was walking about on his tip toe this evening , a new trick, so I do think his new skills are more in the physical domain these days. Not so worried anymore but will go to the dr next week.

Wallace Fri 15-Feb-13 21:18:57

My ds3 had heaps of words at 16 months, then hardly learnt any more until he had turned two, and also did lose some words. He went from being what I would call a fairly advanced speaker, to rather behind.

Just after he turned two his language exploded and now at 2yrs 3 months he can say hundreds and hundreds of words and speaks in 3 or 4 word phrases.

I think he was concentrating on his physical skills - he could ride a bike before he could talk!

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