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22 months old doesn't communicate his needs
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Anniea2352926 · 13/08/2019 19:45

Hi,
I'm a mother of a 22 month old boy. My son has always been a cool baby wearing a poker face most of the time. However, he has a great sense of humor, he laughs wildly at funny things. His receptive language is good. He basically understands everything we say to him. He would fetch anything I ask him to fetch. He has just started saying words. My biggest concern is that he is a very passive toddler when it comes to language. He never points at anything calling its name. I need to ask him what it is for him to answer me with its name. I even need to ask him who I am in order for him to call me mama. Also he never of his own accord asks for food or drink. It's always when he sees that I'm eating something, he would say I want to eat or just whine. But in my mind, a typically developing toddler would be asking for stuff all the time, and probably pointing at things calling its name constantly. I don't know what to make of my son's behavior. Is it just a personality thing or is he delayed in some way, or worse, is he autistic?

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aquarius1994 · 13/08/2019 20:59

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jollyohh · 14/08/2019 09:03

Do you have speech and language drop in sessions where you are? I would go along and speak to her be of the SALTs for advice. They can give strategies to support his speech and refer him to their service if required.

It's great his receptive language is good. Does he babble?

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MeadowHay · 14/08/2019 09:48

Please be mindful of your own language, OP. "Or worse, autistic?" doesn't read very well. I'm autistic.

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DerbyshireGirly · 14/08/2019 10:21

@MeadowHay no need to guilt trip OP, there's nothing wrong with hoping your child does not have development issues (speaking as somebody with a neurodevelopmental disorder). I'm sure she'd love him all the same.

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MeadowHay · 14/08/2019 19:51

The language people use is important. I won't apologise for pointing that out and being honest about the way that it makes me feel. I didn't say anything nasty or anything! Will not comment again as don't want to derail the thread and wish OP and their DC all the best, ofc.

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Ineedaweeinpeace · 16/08/2019 15:37

Very normal development op don’t panic

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