14 month old not talking, other issues
Excuse if this comes out as a double post, I posted it about half an hour ago, but don't see it.
My son is nearly 14 months and although he can understand words and follow simple commands "bring me the ball", he does not say any words, not even 'mama' or 'dada'. He can make those sounds, because I have heard him say them or make the sounds on other occasions. He has been to a developmental screening and the screener was concerned over this issue and also he failed the test where they have him throw a ball at you, he didn't throw it, he just let it drop. He is not an imitator at all. He will not try to do what you are doing. We try to label everything when we are with him. We do not use baby talk and we read to him often and speak to him. He does babble, and we answer his babbles as if he is speaking. He goes back to the developmental specialist in a few weeks to see if he has made any improvements. (He seems to be trying with the ball, but the words are just not coming). Another thing, he is raised in a bilingual household and he has a heart condition which will require surgery as soon as he grows some more. He is not even on the charts for height/weight. (This is due to his heart problem) He is 13 1/2 months and weighs 19 pounds and is 28 inches tall. He has been walking since he was 9 months and likes to put lids on pots, and seems otherwise normal. How concerned should I be about his speech? Is there a way to get him to start imitating? He will probably qualify for the children's first program.