I am a single parent of a daughter that is 2.5 years old. She tries to talk constantly but not too many words come out. She is trying & she tries really hard to copy what we say to her. But she doesn't say "please" or "thank you" & when I tell her to say it she like nods in response.
Our son was like that and we had him evaluated at an early development center. He was diagnosed with expressive speech disorder and has been taking speech therapy 3x a week for about 6 months now. It has helped tremendously - I would talk to her pediatrician and get a receomendation if you are truly concerned.
Definitely talk to your pedi and get a recommendation for a speech therapist. DS wasn't talking at 2.5 either and he just caught up with his class and met all of his goals in February of this year. He was in kindergarten. So it only took him about 3 years to catch up entirely. But seriously just a few weeks with the therapist and he was a whole different child. It was amazing.
just be patient. My son didn't start talking till he was about the same age as your daughter. We talk to him normally.. not like all that baby talk "goo, gaa" stuff. The day he was born, we talked to him normally. Every kids is different. That time will come though. My husband's has a friend who son is 3 and he doesn't say a word. only grunts when we ask him something, and I notice that when his mom and dad talks to him, they don't talk to him like how we would talk to each other.. they like grunt back to him so I think that is something too. Just keep talking to her.. like have conversations with her. I do that all the time with my kids.. my daughter is 3 and she started talking when she was about 1.5 years old. I hope it helps out. Not that great of advice I know.. but it's just from my experience.
Both my kids are like that. I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 1 1/2 year old. They are both being set up with a speech and motor skills therapist. Then they will evaluate them.
Talk to your pedi. Some kids just don't want to talk yet. But sometimes the other ones are a little behind. It wont hurt to ask.