Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Thinking about talking...

Reading Cass' blog post yesterday about how many words Harry has, and started counting up Bryn's words. Unlike Harry's stunning 180 words (and probably more by now) vocab, I could only recall about 44 words Bryn had said (and not necessarily more than once)...

Now, I was still pretty impressed with Bryn's vocab because at this age Erik had about 10 words, and 3 of those were made up, LOL... I never counted Luey's words because, well, he spoke early and though not clearly, he spoke far too much for me to even think I could count his words.

At ages nearly 6 and 8, you couldn't tell now that Erik didn't speak until late, or that Luey was an early and prolific speaker. Both boys have extensive vocabularies on all manner of topics.

But still, I've been thinking about this a bit over the past half day or so. After listing Bryn's words yesterday, I've listed more today, about 18 more words today. Eight of those words a brand new, from today; Elijah, School, Stuck, Stick, and Tall. This got me thinking, was it just that I hadn't heard him say these words before, or maybe he's going through some amazing developmental spurt... So, I had a look and found a document that talked about word development in toddlers. It said that 18 month old usually have between 50 and 75 words, and that 18-20 month old have a massive expansion of their vocabulary where they will add about 10 new words to their vocab EACH DAY!!! That totally blows me away! It said, some children add a new word every 90 minutes... My Goddess but we human as clever creatures!

Ok, so that doesn't account for Erik, or does it? Perhaps it does. Despite not actually speaking until much later, in comparison to Luey and Bryn, Erik's comprehension was just as advanced as theirs. His vocabulary hasn't suffered in the long term either. In fact, his vocab is as good and better than many of his peers at school. So, not speaking doesn't seem to reflect on comprehension or even ability to pronounce words - as Erik's pronounciation was much clearer at Luey's age, than Luey's is now. Not speaking may then only be a reflection of personal preference or temperament. Erik had not problems making himself understood without words, and he wasn't profficient in sign either. He obviously just didn't feel motivated to speak before he did...

3 comments:

casso said...

Oh dear, I hope I didn't sound like I thought Harry was a genius or something with that post. :o(

In fact just from our EB group I know that Aurelia and Luca are much MUCH more talented speakers than Harry is by FAR. I definitely don't think speech is any indication of comprehension or intelligence. I know that Haz was understanding everything before this little spurt. In fact the spurt just indicates how *much* she was! :o)

GTG
Cass

Juniper said...

Isn't it just so amazing how different kids are! Both my kids were early talkers, with huge vocabs, and still are (and they just keep talking and talking! I wonder where they get that from LOL???)

But, I know plenty of kids who talked really late, and are just the same as my kids- it is just one of those things that kids develop at different rates I guess.

Interesting to think about Sif!

Sif said...

LOL, Cass, no, I wasn't having a go at you, and tbh, I rather think Harry is very bright (I rather think my kids are too, and Jen's kids, hehehe), and that's wonderful!

No, the word list simply got me thinking about all of this because Erik was a very late talker and yet I never had any concerns about him wrt to that (though our mchn thought he should see a speech therapist, LOL)... Luey and Bryn have both taken to talking much younger (Luey talked in sentences from 10 months), with Bryn speaking less than Luey but still a helluva lot more than Erik, and yet they're brothers, brought up in the same environment. Luey and Bryn have had the benefit of having more people talk to them more of the time, but I don't know if that is it either.

And so I was wondering about this all of this, and about the wonder of watching language (both verbal and sign) emerge in children, and what is the "norm" and what being above the norm means etc.

I have this whole other post about intelligence I wrote a couple of weeks ago, but then didn't have the energy to post because I don't want people to misunderstand me, LOL, but I might put it out there too because it will give context to this post as well, I think...

Change, and then change back...