Ellisa’s First Words

I can’t be more thrilled than to post Ellisa’s list of first words!

Ellisa didn’t say any “real” words at 12 months. When we went in for her 18 month check-in and I was asked if she was saying 10-12+ words, my answer was “No.” I was at that point concerned about her language development. But no need to worry…

We were recently told after a language assessment from ECI that we didn’t need speech therapy any longer because Ellisa’s language skills are right on target for her adjusted age, if not ahead of her actual age. Can you believe that?!!! I wonder if it’s her pure genius or our hard work reading and talking to her as much as possible. I’m gonna go with pure genius on this one.

Once she got her first few words down, her vocabulary blossomed. I’ve stopped keeping track of new words weeks ago since it’s becoming too hard to do. My best guess it that she knew 100+ words by 20 months. When I say knows words I mean she is saying them unprompted. She can understand and repeat 3X that if not more. Go Ellisa!

Here’s Ellisa’s list:

Protowords: These are invented words but used consistently. For example, a child might say “gaga” every time they want their bottle. As far as I can tell Ellisa didn’t have any of these words. The list below seems to be words Ellisa couldn’t yet say but I think she was working on two syllables vs protowords. Technically, I think these are real words.
• Fafa (Flower) • Baba (Blankie) • Wawa (Water) • Wa (wagon)

Context-Bound Words: These are one context words. For example, Ellisa would call our cats “Cad” but she would not call a cat in a book or a stuffed animal “cat” until months later. Just like Hudson. Again, I don’t think Ellisa had many of these words.
• Cat

Real Words: These are words that are context-free. Criteria includes*: 1) same word used consistently to signal the same meaning 2) the word approximates the sound of the conventional word 3) the word is spoken with the intention of communicating 4) the word is used in a variety of settings.

17-18 months
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Words (6): • Baby (1st real word) • Cat • Shoe • Go • Yeah • That (Dat)- I think this was her way of asking, “What’s that?”
Signs (4): • More • All Done • Again • Dog

18-19 months
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Words (18): • Moon (moons and suns) • Hat • Book • Mama (Women) • Siss (Hudson/Kids) • Bubble • Socks • Bow • Eye • Nose • Blankie • No • Papa • Cokco (Aunt Courtney) • Jess • More • Please
Signs (8): • Motorcycle • Squirrel • Help • Milk • Fish • Train • Please • Sorry

19-20 months
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Words (61+): • Mama • Dada • Wall • Bot (Robot) • Horse • Bee • Duck • Bird • Fish • Turtle • Sit • Kick • Eat • Foot • Feet • Teeth • Toe • Dish • Cheese • Meat • Cook (Cookie) • Pretzel • Apple • Food • Dirt • Pop • Pee Pee • Poo Poo • Wagon • Pool • Brush • Fan • Hurt • Heart • Circle • Draw • Mat • Snacks • Bug • Juice • Tea • Bar (Granola bar) • Bite • Fight • Fruit • Hot • Cold • Up • Down • Hello • Butt • Trash • Paw • Tail • Tree • Yes • Star • Shirt • Pants • Pasta • Girl
Signs (3): • Bite • Hurt • Airplane

How Babies Talk (I love this book!)

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One Response to “Ellisa’s First Words”
  1. Joseph Baca says:

    It is pretty amazing how far off the doctors have been in regards wo the issues they wanted you to “worry” about. It sounds like she is not having too many of the hurdles they once thought she might have.

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