When I did my sons 18 month check up I queried about his speech as I felt as if it wasn't developed enough. The CHN gave me a printout of what to expect in a child's speech in the first 5 years. When we looked at it, we decided he was ok (he was only 18 months and they say it's not til after 2 when they 'should' start stringing a few words together. Now though, at over 3 years of age, we've been referred to see a speech pathologist to help more with his pronounciation of words. My son is fairly quiet & shy especially around people he doesn't know too well, so he doesn't talk heaps, really he doesn't talk heaps around us like some kids just chatter chatter chatter. But, we know DS is not stupid, is quite clever really in a lot of ways, knows a lot of stuff, it's just he can't pronounce things correctly.
Part of the sheet printout I was given says:
Many parents wonder if children's language and listening skills are developing normally. While individual children develop their talking and listening skills at different rates, there is a general pattern to children's language development.
By the age of one, your baby should be able to:
respond to familiar sounds, such as the telephone ringing, the vacuum cleaner, or the car in the driveway
understand simple commands, such as no
recognise their own name
understand the names of familiar objects or people
say dad, mumma and a few other words
enjoy songs, music & books
try to make familiar sounds, such as car and animal noises
By the age of two, your toddler should be able to:
say the names of simple body parts, such as nose or tummy
listen to stories and say the names of pictures
understand simple sentences, such as "where's your shoe"
use more than fifty words, such as no, gone, mine, teddy
talk to themselves or their toys during play
sing simple songs, such as twinkle twinkle, or baa baa black sheep
use some pronouns instead of names, such as he, it.
So because your child is 18 months in general I guess he won't be up to the 2 year old stuff yet, but that was given to me as a guide line. It definitely doesn't hurt to ask your CHN, especially if they are known to be helpful. DS has just had his hearing checked & that is all fine, but I was concerned that he did have a problem because of multiple ear infections when he was younger and the way he pronounced things.
I hope this may help a little - and sorry it's such a long post. smile Good luck, while he does sound fine on what you have written, remember a mum always knows best. smile