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14 month old son, developmental issues maybe?

Roseville, CA
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14 month old son, developmental issues maybe?

Hey, so I’ve been reading a million different parenting books, and I’m a little worried about my son’s development. I’ve brought it up with the pediatrician and she doesn’t seem particularly worried but I can’t stop the nagging feeling that I have.
My son is 14 months old, but he was about 6 weeks premature so I keep reminding myself that he should be about on par with other 12 month olds.
Now, he isn’t talking yet. He says about two words, but I’ve been told it’s very normal for boys to talk slower than girls. So that isn’t a huge concern to me.
The issue I have is that he isn’t waving goodbye, or pointing his fingers at things, or really showing much interest in books at all. All the parenting books I’ve read have said that these are things he should be doing given his age. The words that he knows are “og” (for dog) and “Bert” from Sesame Street. He doesn’t say mama or dada, and doesn’t really show much interest in talking very much. He shakes and nods his head, but he isn’t waving or pointing or using his hands for gestures at all really. He likes toys, but he isn’t stacking things and he doesn’t like his boxes that fit into each other or his boxes where you fit the little shapes into them. Apparently the lack of pointing is a developmental delay that a pediatrician is supposed to be worried about, but our doctor isn’t showing much concern.
Should I be worried, or should I take into account that he was a preemie and just keep trying to show him these things and hope that he catches on, learns, and begins to show interest?

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  1. Hi Malia! Here at Bundoo.com we encourage parents to trust their instincts. While much of what your child is doing seems neurotypical to me, without spending time one on one with you two, I cannot be sure. Fortunately, in the United States we have access to something called Early Intervention. These are programs offered by each state that help to identify delays in speech and motor function and provide services if necessary. you don’t need a doctor’s referral to call Early Start/Intervention. I’ve attached a link for California’s Early Start website. Give them a call and set up an evaluation! https://www.dds.ca.gov/EarlyStart/WhatsES.cfm

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