Wont talk at 18 mths

Stephanie - posted on 02/20/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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my son only says mummy & daddy and wont say any other words even though we talk to him alot and tell him things, does anyone else have this problem?? please help.

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Diane - posted on 03/04/2011

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My son at 18 months doesn't speak either, except for the occasional "Ma Ma". He also isn't eating solid food yet, so we took him in for a video swallow test a few weeks back. It turns out that he has overly sensitive swallowing reflexes that are adversely affecting the coordination of the muscles he needs to use to swallow. The speech pathologist who oversaw the test indicated that his slowness to begin speaking may be connected to the same problem. We've now got an intake appointment scheduled for next Friday with a speech therapist, who can probably help him overcome his sensitivity to food. So, if your son is also not progressing to eating non-pureed food, you might have him checked for gag reflex problems.

Nisha - posted on 03/04/2011

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We definitely have the exact same problem, as well as, our son not picking food up to feed himself even though we/I have done everything to teach him how everyday since he was 8 months old.

Jessica - posted on 03/01/2011

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My nephew was like that and the doctor had his hearing checked. Also his parents really didn't talk to him so the doctor said to do that and that really helped ( I don't know why they weren't talking to him from the start but they are a very quiet family)

If you have concerns have his hearing checked. I've heard that some kids need to have the tubes in their ears checked too. Sometimes they are full of fluid and it's hard for the child to hear, but once that gets cleared out - they do much better.

Good luck to you and your son!

Jennifer - posted on 02/27/2011

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My son is also the same age and he is just the same way he says mommy daddy and baby really well but there are a few other words like ball and dude..lol but his dr says its normal some kids start sayin alot more younger and older. my friend has a two year old who chooses not to say anything but has been learning sign language and does really well telling what he wants that way. Maybe that would be great direction for you to go.

Nicole - posted on 02/27/2011

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My 18 mos. old son doesn't talk either. He doesn't even really say mommy or daddy, he can say it -- but doesn't do it routinely, and definitely not while identifying us. I know he knows what I'm saying to him though. He's starting to follow instructions and can identify some items (he just can't say them). He spends a lot of time babbling, so he is talking in his own way -- it's just not English yet.

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Prudence - posted on 03/11/2011

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He is normal and completely fine... Dont worry! My little man chatters and i can recognize what he is saying but no one else seems to .... He will get it eventually!

Diomyrin - posted on 03/07/2011

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my daughter, has a few words like mama, okay, oh god,daddy,eye,dog,cat and more..sometimes she talks too much but we dont understand what she was saying lol.but she pretty much understand almost everything we say or ask her to do. its like a routine and later kids absorb it. dont worry about ur son, each child has its own stages of development.

Andrea - posted on 03/07/2011

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I wouldn't worry about it. My daughter is a bit older, and has very few words yet. Mum and Nanan are about all she really has said as yet. She has sounds that sound like kitty and please, and even Caesar, but just isn't there yet.

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My daughter is 19 months now and she knows well over 400 signs, and speaks more than double that.. so probably close to 900 words or more.. I gave up keeping track of the signs she knows. Every single child is different though, and it depends how much time they are able to get around parents and other people or events... I really wouldn't worry about talking until after they're 3 years old...

MISSY - posted on 03/05/2011

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Our little guy isnt a talker. We just had his 18mo check up and with all of the physical milestones blown away and the other accomplishments our Dr wasnt worried about the lack of talking. Remember to look at the whole picture. Dr also said that as long as they have a few words that they use regularly by 2 years old they arent worried. Everyones kids are different and I know its hard but dont measure him by comparison to others just listen to your Dr and any advice they give you since they have known your child since birth. We use Your Baby Can Read and he knows all the pictures and a lot of animal sounds. I think as long as they are learning thats the point. Good Luck!!!

Ashlie - posted on 03/02/2011

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My son is 18 months and also says only mama daddy and he will sometimes say my name (ashlie) but other than that it's gibberish

Sarah - posted on 03/02/2011

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My daughter is 18mths old shes only saying mumma and ta. She used to say Dadda and thanks plus other words here and there but now she just stopped! No matter how much prompting I do she still wont say it :( I have always talked to her right from day dot, we read to her everyday but no luck yet. She does however understand most of what Im saying.
Shes not walking yet either :( But in saying that her fine motor skills are fantastic!! xx

Melissa - posted on 02/28/2011

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my son is the same way. But when he does try to "talk" (babble) it always sounds like the noises are coming from the back of his nose or throat. He had his check up today and the dr. wants me to have his hearing checked. That could be something for you to consider as well. Good luck to all of us mom's trying to figure out what our kids are "saying"!

Tracey - posted on 02/27/2011

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I have a 5yr old son who spoke clearly from a young age. I now have an 18month old daughter who doesn't speak much. We get mummy (we used to get daddy) cat and ta. But her understanding is brillant. I'm not too worried they all develop at different stages and they will get there. If she isn't speaking by the time she is 2 then I will visit the clinc to be referred to the speech therapist. But as long as you play with your son and speak to him he will eventually speak. He may just be waiting untill he can say his words clearly......and surprise you one morning by non stop chat!! (then you'll soon wish he's be quite!! ha ha) I'm sure he is fine don't worry :-)

Lisa - posted on 02/26/2011

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My 18 month old does not say alot of words either but I am not worried. His doctor says he is doing fine and that eventually it will all click. Children develop at different rates. His motor skills are well above most kids his age along with his ability to understand what you are saying to him, he just does not want to say words yet.

Kirsten - posted on 02/26/2011

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My little boy doesn't say any words at all and doesn't really babble much either, but he does have 2 older sisters and is very good at pointing and grunting or taking you to what he wants! So he mostly gets his message across. He understands all that you say and can follow instructions so seems to hear okay. But he is VERY active and inquisitive and I just figure he is too busy doing those physical things to bother with conversation and will get round to it when he needs it. If you are talking to him and reading to him then other than getting his hearing tested I would assume that he just doesn't feel a need to talk yet or is too busy aquiring other skills!

Amy - posted on 02/25/2011

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am glad am not the only 1 worrying about it aswell my son is 18months now n he dosnt say a word just hiya n mama, am talking 2 him everyday but still not getting no sence out of him, i need some ideas on how 2 help me 2 get him talking.

Amanda - posted on 02/24/2011

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Alin i think your daughter is doing great to understand three languages! as long as the kids can understand what is said to them, babbles in their own language and can interact in ways that still enable them to get their point across i wouldnt worry about them. They will figure out how to make the letter sounds and put them together soonenough, and the more sounds the faster the words will come. All children develop at their own pace, and while they may be slower in one area they are probably advanced in another i.e. fine motor skills

Alin - posted on 02/24/2011

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My daughter is 18 month as well, I also concern about her speech as till now she can only say Ba (for daddy), and mimic the sound of crow very clear, she speaks a lot but in her baby language, she understand almost everything I talk to her, at least about 10 things for body parts. Daddy talk with her in Vietnamese, I am with Chinese and Babysitter with English, it seems she understand all of us as she reacts by getting correct things when we ask for.
Should I keep worry about that?

Cherie - posted on 02/23/2011

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My son is 18 months and says 3 words--dada, gogo, and baa (like a sheep). He picked up these words around 12-13 months and has not built on them. He understands a LOT--knows about 10 body parts, can carry out instructions, etc. His pediatrician said he should be saying about 10 words by now and should have about 25 by 24 months--although, he did say that boys tend to be a little slower in developing language. I just had an evaluation yesterday by a speech therapist and she said he should be saying about 25 words by now and have 50 by 24 months!!! So, we'll see. I'm not worried, but just want to get him any help before it does become a problem. I don't think there's anything wrong with just getting an evaluation--I would trust an expert.

Amanda - posted on 02/22/2011

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my daughter has about 8 recognizable words, but only really started adding to the normal 4 about a week ago. Once he figures out how to make a couple staple sounds im sure his vocabulary will take off and you will be the one who cant get a word in :)

Julie - posted on 02/22/2011

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My 18 month old daughter, doesn't talk much. She's only in the last month or so started really talking at all. She understands what we are talking about and will point out what you are asking her about. She has two older sisters who do most of the talking for her. They're 5 1/2 and 2 1/2. I quit worrying about it since she's still able to make clear what she wants. (most of the time anyway)

Stephanie - posted on 02/22/2011

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I think they know exactly what they are doing? My sons knows all of his body parts (eyes, ears, nose, mouth, etc) but he has 2 older siblings and he doesn't have to talk. We all know what he wants by pointing or grunting. Why bother with any extra work if it's not necessary? I'm not worried about it, and neither should you. Your gonna wish the opposite soon enough. Lol.

Michelle - posted on 02/22/2011

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Mine says mommy, daddy, dog, something close to whats that, and something close to hello, said no one time, and that's all the recognizable words. She chatters nonstop at times, just in her own little language. Agree with other posts, babies develop at their own pace, my cousins baby is almost 2 1/2 and still does not speak, if it goes on until 3 years old then I would get concerned, but she does babble and when looking at her picture books can point out animals and objects when we ask her to, also knows 4-5 body parts, so I think everything is okay.

Melissa - posted on 02/20/2011

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i'm so glad that you posted this! my son doesn't talk either and he's 18 months as well. he's actually got a developmental appointment next week because the Dr's are worried about him. honestly tho, i think he's just lazy about talking. he understands everything for the most part that we tell him, he just doesn't know how to say things yet. he's got 5 words he'll say and that's it. i wouldn't worry too much about it =) but if you are, ask the Dr's and see what they say at his next check-up.

Helen - posted on 02/20/2011

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my son says about 5 or 6 words at 18 months but health visitors dont worry until they are 3 years old as every child develops at there own pace. im constantly talking to my son and i can see that he understands what im saying he just doesnt know how to respond yet. i also know of many children that didnt really talk till they where 3 or slightly older so i wouldnt worry.

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