Punishing child for not talking?
My grandson is 31 months old. He is a smart child who exhibits good reasoning skills for his age. He can quickly pick up on what you are doing, follows multiple step directions well, and will mimic actions he's seen several days prior. The problem is he isn't talking yet. He says a few words, and many times he says partial words.
We know he hears and has the ability to make sounds. His doctor said he is fine, dont worry.
Now my daughter has been convinced by someone to force him to talk and punishing him when he doesn't by refusing to give him what he wants and/or putting him in time out. My concern is that by forcing him to talk and punishing him, they will make him nervous and angry.
Should I be concerned or butt-out? Are there any ways besides punishment and denial to encourage his speech development?