My son has speech delay.
At 18 months old Goob couldn’t convey a definite word. There was the occasional babble, yet no “mama”, no “papa”. He couldn’t even ask for a drink. When he sought something, he’d mewl incomprehensibly, tasking his mama and me with cycling through all the possible categories of his wants.
“Are you thirsty? No.”
“Are you hungry? No.”
“Have you gone poo? Oh my, yes!”