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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Nervous Talkers (continued)

I wrote this post and continued my research...look what I found at this site!

Child's Age

Mastered Skills (most kids can do)

Emerging Skills (half of kids can do)

Advanced Skills (a few kids can do)
19 months • Uses a spoon and fork
• Runs
Throws a ball underhand
• Enjoys helping around the house
• Understands as many as 200 words
• Recognizes when something is wrong (e.g., calling a dog a cat)
Washes and dries own hands with help
• Points to picture or object when you call it by name
• May know when she needs to pee
20 months Feeds doll
Takes off own clothes
• Dumps an object in imitation, such as throwing garbage away
Learns words at a rate of ten or more a day
• Can walk up stairs (but probably not down)
• May start exploring genitals
Draws a straight line
• Names several body parts
21 months • Can walk up stairs
• Able to set simple goals (e.g., deciding to put a toy in a certain place)
Throws a ball overhand
Kicks ball forward
• Stacks six blocks
• Names simple picture in a book
• Can walk down stairs
22 months Kicks ball forward
• Follows two-step requests (e.g., "Get your doll and bring it here")
• Does simple puzzles
Draws a straight line
• Names several body parts
Puts on loose-fitting clothes
• Might be ready for a big bed
• Understands opposites (e.g., tall vs. short)
23 months • Names simple picture in a book
• Uses 50 to 70 words
• Opens doors
Sings simple tunes
• Takes more of an interest in playing with other kids
• Talks about self (likes, dislikes)
• Asks "why?"
24 months • Names at least six body parts
• Half of speech is understandable
• Makes two- to three-word sentences
• Talks about self
• Arranges things in categories
• Can walk down stairs
• Begins to understand abstract concepts (e.g., sooner and later)
• Becomes attuned to gender differences
• Learns to jump

Wow...I know that this isn't set in stone, but it's a handy little reference, no?

Seriously though...I can barely take my own clothes off without falling down! Drawing a straight line? Nope, can't really do that either!

Wait, this isn't about me, it's about the Crazies. They can do some of this stuff, not all. They are ahead on certain things and behind on others.

Lightbulb! Ready for this? It's because everything that I read is an's not the norm and my kids aren't abnormal for not being's an average! Oh, I get it now.

I went to get the Crazies from the Kids' Zone at the gym yesterday and the women asked me if they have their own little language. Apparently they were chattering away with another child and this child started signing "more." At least, it was the sign that we have used for "more." The weird thing was they could all understand each other (this is according to the wonderful women who watch the Crazies and many other people's Crazies as we work out...they are angels). They were really amazed because the third child has deaf parents and is not vocal at all. This child was fully engaged with my kids and wanted more...he was signing more...they were amazed...they had never seen him so engaged in a "conversation" between other children. So, that made me feel like I wasn't crazy. Something was happening. Also, I have noticed more of this secret twin language going on in my house just in the past week.

Then I wrote the list...Matt has 28 words that I heard yesterday and Hailey has 26.

Not too shabby.

My gut tells me they're fine, but I sent the email to my speech pathologist friend anyway. Can't hurt, right?

Then I made Husband read yesterday's post (just so he can see how crazy he makes me) and had to listen to how long my blog posts are (blah, blah, blah) and how I shouldn't listen to him (thanks a lot Mr.-Partner-in-Life-and-Father-to-my-Children). He was also a little hurt at my joke about him barely knowing 50 was a joke Mr. Sensitive!!!

All in all, I feel better. I so appreciate all of your comments and tried to email back those of you who have your email addresses linked to your profile. Any tips and tools would definitely help me out. Other than that, I'm just going to sit back and wait for the next thing to drive me nuts!

Oh, and I'll make any blog posts for the rest of the week shorter (in case any of you had the same complaint as Husband).


Barbara Manatee said...

Glad you feel better about it all. :-) that's a nice chart you found! I'll have to look up the one for Adam's age. I used to check stuff like that like crazy for the twins but not so much with #3....kind of base it off what I remember the other two doing at that age, etc. He seems to be a pretty 'average' kid as far as milestones to so thankfully not much to worry about (so far) with him. :-)

Mrs. B. said...

i should have read this one first! :) so glad you're a little more at ease. i think their wordage is pretty impressive, if i do say so myself!

btw, your long posts are a-ok with me.

Amanda said...

My boys definitely have their own language. They'll jabber to each other alllll day long and must understand what the other is saying because they do coordinated things. It's too cute. I'm with you, though. I'm worried about them using real words. They're 17 months and only have a few words each. They'll catch up, though!