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10 month check - advice on communication bit wanted

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piesoclock Sun 08-May-16 21:19:24

I have the 9-11 month HV assessment questionnaire for my boy who will be 10.5 months when the assessment is done, in about a month.
He is not doing any of the communication bits. No consonants, no babbling, no copying sounds, no words.
He does understand words though - daddy, stand up, up. But nothing on the questionnaire. He's fine on the other sections.
The closest he gets to consonants is to say mmmmnnnn when he's impatient for food, and he tries to.say b but it is mostly him blowing a raspberry iycwim.
Has anyone else had any experience with this? I'm pretty sure his hearing is fine as he responds to.his name and understands a few words, and reacts to noises.

ApocalypseSlough Mon 09-May-16 13:05:23

He sounds well within normal range. DS was very late talking and referred to speech therapy and language nursery and is vvv bright now fingers crossed for GCSEs do you talk to him as you're doing things? Sounds silly if you're not used to it but it's how they learn.

ApocalypseNowt Mon 09-May-16 13:31:05

Understanding is the key and it sounds like he's ok with that side of things so please try not to worry (easier said than done i know!). He still well within the 'normal' range.

As my name sake Apocalypse said make sure you are talking to him loads (i'm sure you are). When i just had DD1 i used to prattle on all the live long day to the extent that when dh once asked me to pass the ketchup, I replied with "Yes, here it is, wheeeeee!" blush

comeagainforbigfudge Mon 09-May-16 13:39:34

My dd is 11 months now. She does babble away to hef self and sometimes im convinced she is saying certain words or phrases.

But the only "words" she says with absolute clarity (and sometimes even perfect timing) is uh-oh

Its particularly funny when she throws her toy under sofa then goes uh oh

Anyway, im not too worried as she clearly understands words, recognises her name etc.

I find constant talking really hard to do, so i sing songs instead

piesoclock Mon 09-May-16 16:05:15

I'm singing more than talking I sing what I'm doing, sort of. it's a bit like a musical in the home. thank you for the reassurance it's good to hear that from strangers rather than friends.
I just need to know that he's within normal range.

ApocalypseSlough Mon 09-May-16 16:16:29

Sorry to detail but hello ApocolypseNowt you cool with the name? It's a new one so I'd happily change if not! flowers

ApocalypseNowt Mon 09-May-16 16:23:49

ApocalypseSlough it's absolutely fine! I really like it although i do keep thinking you are me and wondering 'now when did i comment on that thread' before I realise. Please don't change it on my account smile

piesoclock Glad you're feeling a bit more reassured. Singing is great - just as good as talking. I talked more than sang simply due to the fact that whatever i sing seems to degenerate into the 'twinkle twinkle little star' tune by the end of the song...

ApocalypseSlough Mon 09-May-16 17:30:46

Apocalypse how spooky, I do exactly the same! Either twinkle twinkle or if it's slow, Amazing Grace!
pies I used to do silly singing with DD 'my little horse' from Father Ted and she has an awful voice. By DS I was sick of children's TV so he watched musicals and has an amazing voice, (not biased or bragging, externally verified/ would out myself if I explained more!) so they obviously do pick up a lot.

crayfish Mon 09-May-16 17:31:49

My DS is nearly 10 months and I've never even heard of this questionnaire! Anyway, he's quite noisy but it's random screams and shouts rather than words iyswim, I'm a bit worried now as I hadn't really been looking out for consonants and stuff - I just talk to him. He does know his name and seems to understand certain 'commands' but that's about it. He's nowhere near saying actual words.

piesoclock Mon 09-May-16 19:24:27

Crayfish - it can be done from 10 months to just over a year. Its the one year check.

piesoclock Mon 09-May-16 19:27:22

Also I'm quite anxious about progress and lots of things say babbling can start at 7 months and by 9 most babies are babbling.

albertcampionscat Mon 09-May-16 19:57:04

Well, if you're worried there's no harm asking for a hearing check. Apparently kids get so good at lip reading and reading cues that they can mask deafness.

From everything I've heard, though, it's much more important at this stage that receptive language is on track (and it clearly is).

SpoonintheBin Thu 12-May-16 10:35:11

I wish I could see this assessment. I am a childminder with 10 years experience and the number of children I have looked after who could say clear meaningful words at 10 months old are few and far between. Please don't let this stress you out or put pressure on yourself, most babies will make significant sounds between 11 and 18 months, and many will not say clear words before 18 to 20 months. Why the hell is so much expected from little ones so early? It makes me very cross.

Don't get me wrong, I have looked after babies who could say two word sentences by 11 months old, but it's unusual.

At that age, take advantage of nappy changing time and put your face close to your ds and say 'lalala' (give him a few seconds to have a go, praise him if he makes ANY sound) . Try again, try bababa, try oh-oh, etc. Always give him a few seconds to answer, and always praise any effort. Do many times a day. This encourages babies to copy you and also learn the 'rules' of conversation by taking turn. It also shows him that you are listening to him!

piesoclock Thu 12-May-16 22:29:31

Here is the communication bit. It is not about saying clear words, it is about consonants and babbling.
Mind you I have met two 11 month olds with clear words. :/

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