I am worried about my grandson's verbal skills
My grandson is 27 months old and only says a few words. His parents and all four grandparents try to work with him, always naming everything we see,and asking him to use his words. When we push him to say his words, he gets frustrated and cries. However, he understands what is being said very well and follows complex instructions. He can identify all the letters of the alphabet and, often, when being read to, will point out letters or words without being prompted. But, he just won 't speak. He is outgoing. He does get embarrassed easily and is very sensitive. I am wondering if he is self-consciious about speaking and lacks confidence. We have all been encouraging. How can we help him? He was born three weeks early and was in NICU for two weeks. He has been consistently behind in physical large motor skills milestones by about three months, but is very coordinated and ahead in fine motor skills. Could his speech be associated with these delays?