My 19mo dd had a developmental assessment with the M&CHN today due to her lack of words. She doesn't mimic sounds (eg. baa baa, brrmm, brrmm, etc) and she says Mum & Dad every day and says "Ta" or "Hello" maybe every 2 days when she's in the mood (appropriately though). She has normal hearing, she does babble constantly and we can understand her quite well through gestures and grunts, she just doesn't talk. She doesn't use 'non-adult' words in a repetitive manner either (eg. 'Na' for food).
So, we're arranging a speech therapy appointment privately and we'll take it from there. But, if anyone has stories of their children that were similar that would be great. I know all children develop differently and the M&CHN has no other concerns about her development at all, just the speech. The issue isn't so much that she doesn't have a 'set number' of words, it's that she doesn't mimic and her language hasn't progressed for over 6 months.
And she does sign for 'fish', 'more' and 'swimming' (she loves swimming ), should I be signing more or less?