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    Default Should I be concerned? 20mo development

    My DD is 20mo and it such a quiet and gentle little girl. She is not saying any words at all, and in fact, barely makes much noise unless she is upset or in such a happy mood that she squeals. I did have some concerns about her speech, but after looking into it more I found that some children can take longer to develop, so I started to research ways to help speech, and thats what i have been doing to try and help her. (Her hearing was checked at her 18mo check up)

    Just recently however, my mother and sister voiced some concerns over my DDs behaviour. I had never really noticed it myself -let alone worried about it, and since she is my first and only child, I have nothing to really compare her too.

    These things are:
    Walking around on tippy toes
    Wont point at things
    wont respond to own name
    Not saying full words- sometimes babbles 'mamama' 'dadada'
    Wont let me read to her
    wont repeat animal noises/sound effects
    loves stacking blocks- or any of her toys that will make a tower really
    Very focused when playing with a toy
    Bangs her head on the ground for no reason

    These are the main behaviours that have them worried. My mother even mentioned i should take her to the doctor to check for Autism.

    So before I worry myself sick, can anyone give me some insight into my DDs behaviour? Any suggestions or experiences to share?

    Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.
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    If she isn't talking and not responding to her name I would start with a hearing test. You'll need a gp referral so it's worth talking about the other things on the list while you're there buy look at ruling out some easy things first.

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    Hi LeettieB, do you have any concerns about her hearing? It sounds like it might be worth a visit to your GP and also a hearing test. Like you said, all kids develop differently and although there are some red flags she is still so little. Big hugs to you, try not to stress. Xx

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    I am going to agree, start with a hearing test and go from there.

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    Her hearing was checked when she went in for her 18 mo needles, and we were given the all clear in that department

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    Was it just a screening test though?
    Our DD was recently picked up as having a moderate hearing loss in one ear and she had passed all previous "screening tests".
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    If I was in your place I'd be pushing to do a more involved hearing test and then see a paediatric specialist and know for sure if theres any extra help she might need. If so it's better to know and if not then your mind can be put at ease xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leettieb View Post
    My DD is 20mo and it such a quiet and gentle little girl. She is not saying any words at all, and in fact, barely makes much noise unless she is upset or in such a happy mood that she squeals. I did have some concerns about her speech, but after looking into it more I found that some children can take longer to develop, so I started to research ways to help speech, and thats what i have been doing to try and help her. (Her hearing was checked at her 18mo check up)

    Just recently however, my mother and sister voiced some concerns over my DDs behaviour. I had never really noticed it myself -let alone worried about it, and since she is my first and only child, I have nothing to really compare her too.

    These things are:
    Walking around on tippy toes
    Wont point at things
    wont respond to own name
    Not saying full words- sometimes babbles 'mamama' 'dadada'
    Wont let me read to her
    wont repeat animal noises/sound effects
    loves stacking blocks- or any of her toys that will make a tower really
    Very focused when playing with a toy
    Bangs her head on the ground for no reason

    These are the main behaviours that have them worried. My mother even mentioned i should take her to the doctor to check for Autism.

    So before I worry myself sick, can anyone give me some insight into my DDs behaviour? Any suggestions or experiences to share?

    Thank you very much for taking the time to read this.
    I have two autistic sons, so maybe have a little insight.
    Tippy toes is normal for her age I'm pretty sure. Won't point wouldn't concern me as none of my kids have been pointers (3 that aren't autistic)
    Being focused also normal for a toddler.

    her speech does sound a bit delayed but as an only child, unless you are talking to her quite a lot, she has no one to copy. Hope that makes sense. I really didn't talk a ton to my first because I'm not really a chatty type.
    The not responding to her name and the head banging, it can go either way.
    lots of toddlers do strange things. It's great you are keeping an eye out but I wouldn't be looking for autism or anything like that until she was about 3.
    Maybe speech or occupational therapy would help sometime soon if you are concerned you can't help her pick up.
    does she spend much time with kids her age? That could help if not. Or even kids slightly older.

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    I find some of the 'concerns your mum and sis have to be totally random and just 'some kids do that' things.

    I agree that proper hearing tests may need to be done. I had this done myself after a bad sinus infection left me sensitive to deep sounds. It is very different to the test a GP/nurse would do.

    Looking at each on the list.

    Walking around on tippy toes - normal phase for many toddlers.

    Wont point at things - may be a bit early for this. Do they reach for things?

    wont respond to own name - do they respond to more exciting words? Eg. Ice cream? I'd always use that test when DD was having recurring ear infections to check if she was just selectively ignoring me.

    Not saying full words- sometimes babbles 'mamama' 'dadada' - could be hearing related or may need speech therapy. I would expect words and animal noises by 20m.

    Wont let me read to her - normal at that age.

    loves stacking blocks- or any of her toys that will make a tower really - normal. Do they play with toys in context? Eg. Push cars, flip book pages etc?

    Very focused when playing with a toy - common. Most parents are more worried if they can't focus.

    Bangs her head on the ground for no reason - don't know about this one. My 11mo DS loves to repeatedly hit his head on walls, floor, windows. He seems totally NT in all his development, just seems to enjoy it.

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