This afternoon as I was picking my son up from “school” his teacher told me she has started to phase out the sign language and is encouraging verbal communication more than sign language! I told her that I had stopped encouraging his sign language a few months ago because he had started learning how to verbalize many new words.
Apparently, one of the other parents told the teacher that her son was not verbalizing and the pediatrician told the family that he should be speaking 3-10 words. The teacher told me this and it got me thinking…
I know my son verbalizes more than 10 words… I googled it and found out a 20 month old should have about 12-15 words in their spoken vocabulary. My husband and I wondered exactly how many words can he verbalize?
So I wrote them all down… there are 55 words and short phrases that he uses (in no particular order):
|Bye bye||Nine||All done||Train||Mine||Baby|
|Daddy||Bear||I love you||Piu (“pee-yew”)||Me||Baby doll|
|More||Please||Hi||Cleat||I did it|
Once putting them all down on paper, it is kind of amazing of how many words he can use and say. Some of them sound crazy; especially alligator but I swear he said it when labeling something in a book. Baby doll also sounds kind of crazy; however, he came home from “school” one day saying “baby doll” while labeling all of his stuffed animals in his play room. I guess his classroom has baby dolls he likes.
Considering he has more than triple the amount of verbalized words in his spoken vocabulary… We have nothing to worry about… he is learning more and more every day!