At 18 months a child should know 30 words, by 24 months they should know 50+ words and they should be putting at least two words together. At 25 months, Liam is still only saying “Dada”. He used to say “tickle tickle” “nye nye” “mom” and a few others, but he seems to have lost the ability to say any of them anymore. He used to wave bye bye or hello and understood what it meant, but he no longer waves. Used to shake his head “no” and he no longer does that either. The speech therapist is concerned and says he’s (obviously) very behind. After playing with him, trying to interact with him and get him to do hand motions to at least tell us what he was wanting, she recommended I get him in to an appointment at a Neurobehavioral Health clinic and get him in for some developmental testing and evaluations for Autism. She said she sees some characteristics in the way he interacts, hand flapping, and frustrations that make her believe he may be.
Liam finally had his two year checkup today. He only had to have one Hepatitis booster and he still hated every second of the appointment. His doctor sent a referral over to a speech therapy center to get him in for an appointment, he still doesn’t say much of anything. He also wants him to be evaluated for autism.