Re: Late talking children
My dd1 had her language explosion around 22mos which is really really common. If there were NO words at 18mos I might be a little concerned but as long as words are starting to come and communication is going well (we taught basic sign to dd1 ) it's not something our docs worry about until after 2 at least.
My SIL had speech therapy for her first son when he wasn't talking at 3 and they suggested that she stop talking to him in such long complicated sentences. They wondered if he couldn't distinguish all the words. They suggested short simple sentences. In the end, all of a sudden, he just started talking like a normal 3.5yr old and she thinks it was unrelated to the speech therapy. She never bothered with her second son and he followed the exact same path. Just regular kids who were later talkers.