Worried about his speech
Hi there, this has been niggling in my mind for a while now and after today, feel I should get it off my chest and get some feedback from other parents!
My son has just turned 2, we are bringing him up bilingually and he understands more or less everything we say in both languages. He can clearly communicate what he wants to us and I don't have any concerns regarding his general understanding/interaction/physical development etc.
However, he doesn't actually say many proper words at all, he says 'hiya', 'bye', 'duck' and 'hot' and that's about it at the moment. He calls me and his Dad the same name, some random word like 'dadn' and almost everything else he refers to as 'dats'. He had his 2 year check today, the Health Visitor was here for all of 5 minutes and when I brought up the issue of speech, she just asked if he could say 10 words or more. At the time, I panicked and said yes so she moved on. But only afterwards did I actually add up how many proper words he says, he has his own version of words which I understand but they're not real words! So now I'm a bit worried that he's struggling and that I should have said something. Am I worrying for nothing?? My Mum reckons he's still young and it will come all of a sudden but I guess I just worry that it won't! A few people have commented on his lack of speech but I've always put it down to the fact he's learning 2 languages at once but the HV today dismissed this.
Does anyone have any words of wisdom to ease my mind or to help me encourage his speech??