Cast - 20mth old
My youngest of three just refuses to talk. He is 20mth, and should (according to the scary health nurse) have 50 words by now. 20mth old has just seven words. Why should he talk when he has four adults in the house that respond to 'ugghhh' and a point in the general vicinity, then whinges follow until the right object is provided!
I have tried very hard to sabotage situations, to have them foiled by another family member - such as setting desired items just out of reach, 20mth old has to attempt to verbalize, and then someone walking past will give it to him oblivious of the training he is undergoing! I have put tiny teddies in containers, to get 20mth old to say 'open' (which I did hear him say once), but he simply refuses and leaves the biscuits - obviously not hungry enough!
Happily, since we arrived in Tasmania - he has improved, life on a hobby farm is reflected through his new sounds. If I ask him what sound a dog makes, he makes a 'uff, uff' sound. He meows for the cat, moos for the cow, says 'berrrrr, berrrrrr' to imitate the chickens and 'brum, brum' for the tractor! These sounds are now added to his communication repertoire of; 'moon, up, apple, more, cheese, bubbles, bye-bye'!