not talking

Renee - posted on 02/28/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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even with speech therapy my son is not talking much. he says a few things but is not communicating his needs to us and experiences frustration. had him tested for autism and ears for hearing problems....none of the above.

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Julie - posted on 03/23/2009

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my twin boys will be two in 3 weeks' time and one tries to copy words, but both only say (or rather shout) 'no' and 'more more more' although they do understand instructions and have done for quite some time now.

i will wait to see what the HV says when they have their two year check and take it from there, in the meantime i am trying not to worry.

Christine - posted on 03/22/2009

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My daughter will be two near the end of April and only says a handful of words - her doctor says she's like a sponge at this age absorbing everything and then when she's ready it will all come out. I agree that it's very frustrating. She understands everything we tell her, she knows names, commands, directional cues, but she doesn't say any of them she just points and leads us and then cries if we don't understand. How old were your kids when you brought them to speech therapy and did the doctor recommend it? I can't wait for her to really communicate with us.

Jessica - posted on 03/22/2009

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yep my son is exactally the same. Hes been seeing a speachy for about 4 months now and so far all he is actually saying is monkey, car, truck.. he cant even say mummy or daddy yet :(

Pat - posted on 03/21/2009

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Quoting Renee:

not talking

even with speech therapy my son is not talking much. he says a few things but is not communicating his needs to us and experiences frustration. had him tested for autism and ears for hearing problems....none of the above.


How long has he been going to speech? My son just started. He babbles, grunts, and points. If we can't figure out what he wants, it's meltdown central!!

Joy - posted on 03/11/2009

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As long as the doctor clears him of autism and hearing problems, I would relax. Every child develops differently. I have five, and EVERY ONE IS DIFFERENT! They build on their skills one or two at a time. My Alex didn't speak clear sentences until he was nearly 4, but he pulled himself out of his crib at 8 months of age (yes, believe it or not!), walked at 9 months, and by the time he was a year old, he had figured out how to open doors and could even put the key into the lock! This little guy could stand on his head IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM at 2. Once he became proficient in all of the physical things he wanted to do, then he started developing his speech. His older brother developed pretty normally, but my girls spoke early and walked late. My advice to you is to relax, and learn to read his physical signs to figure out his needs. Also, If you calmly ask him to "use his words" even when he has few, it will encourage him to try. Point to things and repeat the words slowly, and ask him to repeat them. It is okay if he doesn't do it- he hears the words, and he sees the way you move your mouth to form them. When he is ready, he will start saying them, and will build his vocabulary faster than you thought possible! (Alex went from a little man of very few words to speaking in full sentences in the course of just a few days - He had the words in his head, he knew how to say them, he just didn't, until he decided he was ready!)

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My son Jordan is also not much of a communicator. I went to my local library and checked out the baby sign language videos. We learned together. Now he lets me know what he wants. We still talk to him and work with him to get to say words, but it helps him not get frustrated when trying to get what he needs.

Heather - posted on 03/05/2009

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Our daughter started saying words (mama, dada) at 1 year, then abruptly stopped. She is almost 2 with no recognizable verbal skills besides babbling the correct number of syllables for an object. She has a hearing and speech evals this month; I am a little panicky too.

Renee - posted on 03/01/2009

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everyday now we are seeing VERY SMALL steps.  he just started saying mama when he wants something instead of just screaming. Just wondering what other moms did in this situation.  Thanks

Yollie - posted on 03/01/2009

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my son is turning wo on the 2nd of april.  and like your boy, he mostly talks "baby language".  we had him at a ear specialist last year november and he ended up getting gromets in his ears.  it is as if he is actually starting to pick up more words on a daily basis now.  i know exactly what you mean..  and I know how frustrating it is for not being able to understand what their needs are as they can't tell you.  so from one mother to another, we must prob just be patient???

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