Do all kids get a Speech evaluation? How do you know if your kid needs one? DS rarely talks to his pedi because he's scared she'll look in his ears (too many ear infections have left him traumatized about the doctor) and his preschool has never said anything about him being off track.
DS is 2 1/2. Here are a couple of things I've noticed:
He tends to run his words together sometimes - for example "remote control" comes out as "mote n troll" DH has a hard time understanding him, and I usually tell him what DS meant instead of DS having to repeat himself. We do break down the words for him into syllables and he can repeat them to us correctly 90% of the time.
New words are more often mispronounced. For example, my mom gave him Fruity Pebbles and he started asking for them. But he was leaving out a lot of the words, and it came out sounding like free pickles. He would have been really disappointed getting pickles instead of sugary cereal!
Random people we meet, say in the grocery store, talk to him and are usually surprised at how young he is for how well he speaks. He speaks in full sentences, asks thoughtful questions, but does run his words together sometimes.
Is this all normal language development?