concerned about granddaughter
My granddaughter will be 18 months old on July 6th and I've noticed a decline in her vocabulary. She lives in Tennessee and I live in Michigan so I don't see her often. However, she spent 2 weeks with me 3 months ago and it seems as though she was saying a lot more words than she did this past week when I spent time with her.
She does not say momma or daddy or bye-bye. The only words she uses are horsie, kitty cat, uh oh and the name of her dog 'layla'. She does seem as though she's talking very quickly in sentences, but nothing is audible.
She is extremely independent and plays by herself mostly. If she wants something, she will stand in one spot prancing her feet up and down, waving her arms and whining. She NEVER asks for anything, or points at what she wants or anything else.
I tried reading to her and pointing to pictures in the book and trying to get her to repeat what I was saying, point to the picture...anything, but all she did was look at the pictures.
She has a wonderful personality, is usually very cheerful and loves to show off for people if she thinks she has their attention. She seems to understand most things, just doesn't seem to 'respond' in what I would think is a normal age appropriate manner.
My daughter seems to think she's very smart, but I don't see it and I'm worried about her development...which seems to have declined, rather than developed.
Does any of this sound as though it could be a form of autism?