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What counts as "recognisable" in the "need to have 50 recognisable words by 2 years" quota?

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fettle Thu 15-Oct-09 13:31:10

DS was 2 in September - I received my birthday card from the health visitor this morning who had me slightly concerned about him 6 months ago, as he was saying nothing.

He easily says 50 words now (I think), but quite a few of them, only I can understand:
Such as "dup" = cup, but also means up, ""el-el-a" = helicopter, "yah-yah" = Bob the builder, "tat tat tat" = Postman man, "to-to-tops" - cocoa pops. He has other more recognisable ones such as "dye" = bye, "hello" = hello!.

Do these words count, or should I be a bit more concerned?

I have no concerns about his understanding or making himself understood, pointing etc and eye contact is fine. It is just his actual speaking.

Thanks for your help

Mummy369 Thu 15-Oct-09 18:52:24

My DS2 said nothing for the first 2 years and soon after his 2nd birthday began talking - launching in to 2-3 word sentences. He is 6 years old now and if I were to describe any of my DCs as 'chatterbox' it would be him!

Every child develops at a different rate, even within the same family. I am sure you have nothing to be concerned about and I feel certain that now he is gaining a good vocabulary, the next step will be his developing pronunciation smile so that others can understand him, too.

BertieBotts Thu 15-Oct-09 18:55:53

50 words by age 2? I thought it was more normal for boys to have 2 words by age 2, 3 by age 3 and then suddenly about 200 in the space of a week hmm

I have no idea though, I just remember hearing this somewhere. 50 words by age 2 seems like a lot.

lovechoc Thu 15-Oct-09 19:04:44

Your son is doing fine, I know someone who's son isn't even saying a single word and he is two and a half now.

I honestly wouldn't worry, he seems 'normal', so to speak.

TotalChaos Thu 15-Oct-09 19:06:17

At this stage I think it's more important that he's labelling things consistantly with the same "words" than getting the words exactly right.

fettle Thu 15-Oct-09 20:11:12

Thank you all so much! It is hard being a parent - always something to worry about!

I wish I knew why Bob the Builder was "Yah Yah" though! See that one sticking for a long time and I personally love "el-el-el-a" (which also means aeroplane!)- you have to witness the accompanying finger pointed to the sky going around in circles while he says it to signify helicopter over aeroplane!grin 'Tis very cute.

Scottie22 Thu 15-Oct-09 20:24:45

We have speech therapy for my dd and we were told it was between 6 - 50 words by age 2 so your ds is doing fine!

fettle Thu 15-Oct-09 20:50:37

Thanks Scotty - but they should tell that to my HV's - they told me 6-50 words by 18 months and 50-200 by 2 years! And if he wasn't saying 50 words by 2 years, to go back and see them again.

I'm feeling more reassured that he's doing ok now.

fettle Thu 15-Oct-09 20:55:19

Sorry - Scottie, spelt your name wrong. smile

CristinaTheAstonishing Thu 15-Oct-09 21:04:40

The words are recognisable to you. I think it's whether he's meaning them rather than articulating them perfectly. I'd never heard of this 50 word standard.

brockleybelle Thu 15-Oct-09 21:27:39

your son's words sound so cute! 'tat tat tat' for postman pat. awww!

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