my two and a half year old is in speech therapy and still isnt talking much?

Renee - posted on 04/06/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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he has not been diagnosed with autism or anything but i am getting quite concerened as of why he isnt picking up even simple words as hi and bye even, we are suppose to go to the ears nose and throat dr here at the end of the month because he has fluid on his ear but i think something else might be the cause. i just would like some other suggestions on how i can wirk with him to talk better, he does though follow directions prettty well so i know he understands what im saying.thanks for and other help would be great, his dr also said she wants him to see the specialist after we go to the ear dr but i hate to wait longer bc my second baby is due soon and i want to find out whats going on with him before that if i can. ps.my email is rrmmpey@yahoo.com

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Julie - posted on 04/08/2010

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My 3 1/2 year old is talking very well now, but she was NOT talking at 2 1/2. We were told she had PDD and now she is fine and won't be quite :) Some kiddos are late bloomers. I took pictures of all kinds of random objects that we see everyday (trees, the couch, fridge, flowers, spoon) and put them in a powerpoint presentation and she was able to press the space bar and flip through the pictures and I would tell her each one and then after awhile she started saying those words. Don't give up and stay consistant. Does he have other symptoms of AU/AS/PDD? My 9 year old son has AS and I went 6 years knowing something wasn't right and no one would help me. I wish I had this circle of moms then. Don't give up! And go with your heart. You know him better than ANYONE. Good luck with everything and the new baby.

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Renee - posted on 06/15/2012

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What or how many vitiamins do you give your 4 year old to come up with 600 mg of Omega 3 My four year does not talk much either
Thanks!

Renee - posted on 04/18/2010

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any one with the pec info and websites for free print offs would be great. i talk to his teacher and she agreed, i dont know why i had to ask her about it though. but i found a couple and hes been using them so thanks again everyone.

Mandee - posted on 04/14/2010

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Renee - PDD refers to pervasive development disorders. It includes Autism, Atypical Autism, Aspergers, Retts, and Childhood Disentegrative Disorder. Apraxia of Speech refers to a motor speech disorder that results in a person not being able to formulate words. Often times it does not mean their receptive language (input) is impaired just their expressive language (output).

Holly Jo - posted on 04/11/2010

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hey! i read your question and my son is 2 and a half years old to and he doesnt talk either. He has autism and other things wrong with him but that was my main concern also. He doesnt say that many simple things either. Mom, dad, no hi and bye are what he mostly says and its still a big concern for me. He also has seen an ENT recently and they are doing surgery on his ears and putting in tubes. He has fluids built up behind his ears and he hears as if he is hearing sounds like hes under water, or so the doctor thinks. Iv learned that all you can do is repeat things to them and point to what your saying. I try to work with him much as possible and he to also understands simple directions, most of the time,lol.My four years old took speech therapy during school and at first he couldnt say alot of things but it seemed to help him unlike my two year old. But patience is all i can say considering im in the same boat as you. Good luck with everything, I hope it all works out for you.

Rocio - posted on 04/10/2010

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My daughter is 2 and isnt talking yet. She was evaluated by a speech person and a occupational therapist and they said she should start right away with therapy for speech, occupational and early intervation. My concern is that she shows many characteristics of autism but they wont diagose her claiming she is too young. They said they want to see how she responds to therapy and that she will be seeing again at 2 1/2 but what is she does have autism. she is going to loose time while she could be getting the help now, you know they say the earlier the better. What did they say about your child? Does he have autism?

Debbie - posted on 04/10/2010

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Have a talk with your ENT and express your concerns- he may suggest ear tubes- its an easy surgery- only under for about 20 mins or less.. Both my boys had fluid behind the ear drum almost all the time and have had 2 sets in both boys.. Both my sons had speech therapy- depends on the therapist and how long they are with him. Also another thing to try is make an appt at your local children's hospital and they can help you get the help that you so need. My sons at 2 1/2 were the same way and now they are 4 and 9 and talking up a storm.. You need to get more time with the speech and get those tubes-- it will do wonders for his hearing- he may feel that he is talking weird cause it may feel like he is underwater with the fluid in his ears..... good luck...

Renee - posted on 04/10/2010

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thanks everyone for the input i am going to talk to his teachers on tuesday and see if i can get better answers to what to do next. they have been doing sign language and he has picked up the sign "more" but as far as anything else he still is picking up words here and is now saying yes and no which is a big deal...to me. and i am a bit confused on what the letters pdd and aprexia speech imperament is exactly so if someone could tell me the big difference between that and autism that would help alot, im still new to all this so thanks again for the help. also he does walk on his tip toes all the time and circles things alot,

Deana - posted on 04/10/2010

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Don't give up keep going with the speech therapy...I have a 4 yr. old son whom has DX of ASD and was DX when he was a 1.5 yrs. old and again when he was 3 yr. of age and did not talk at 1.5 thru 3 yrs. just saying one words if that no sounds or sentences etc.he went to school and got more speech and now he is 4 and got tested for speech again and is all caught up to age appropriate speech...So that is why i say don;t give up my son was over 2 yrs. behind on his speech when first DX and now look with all the work and support form speech therapy my son is on track now...good luck to you...

Heather - posted on 04/10/2010

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One thing I swear by Is Omega 3! We have been giving our 4 yr old autistic son 600 mg a day for about a year now. Within 6 weeks of giving it to him we noticed more words, and so did everybody else! We've been in speech for 2 years now and have just reached some of the goals we made 2 years ago! I did lots of research and decided trying couldn't hurt. We too went the ent route, got tubes put in, and nothing changed. Go with your gut if you think there is more to this. Nobody knows our kids better than we do.See your pediatrician and tell them what you are thinking! That is why we pay them : )! Good luck to you and your son, I wish you the best!

Mandee - posted on 04/09/2010

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Our 4 year old with PDD had only 8 words in her vocab last June. She now has early 100 words. It may not sound like a lot, but for her it is a HUGE milestone. There are a number of things that can contribute to a lack of speech. It may be necessary to get an audiogram done. It will show the softest sounds a person can hear, the pitches, etc. It you have it done at the right place, they child does not need to have any speech or verbal skills to complete the assessment. Other things like apraxia of speech can cause delays as well, which would not be the same as autism, or any of the other ASD diagnoses.

Melanie - posted on 04/09/2010

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My 2 yr old won't talk either. He has a problem with his throat and may never talk properly. Like your son he understands a lot more than he can coomunicate back. We've been at Speech Therapy for about 12 months now and it's going slowly (very slowly). 6 months ago we introduced baby sign language. And for us it's been a blessing it may help to try it. It's a great way of getting your son to communicate with you. We started with simple signs like hello & goodbye. Now we are up to juice, more food etc. We have tried lots of ways to get him to talk like reading to him repetitively but nothing works yet his confidence grew with signing. It may not work for you but it's just a suggestion. Feel free to message me any queries. Good luck xx

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Try teaching him baby signing language. Regardless of hearing or not hearing young children's hand eye coordination develops faster then the coordination required to make speech (figure there are a lot of muscles, breathing, tongue positioning involved in making sounds sound like something).

I am a big fan of http://www.signingtime.com/
It helped me learn signing as well as my own son and the autistic 2.5 year old I look after and the autistic 8 year old likes to watch them too.

As to what is happening with your child speech and such. I know it's frustrating having to wait, especially with a new one on the way, but be patient. Rule one thing out at a time.
And if you can don't wait on seeing the specialist and such. Things get crazy once the second one arrives. Best get the ball rolling if you can before hand.

Good luck!

Rochelle - posted on 04/08/2010

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My son is also 2 and a half and not talking much only a few words.....he will be starting speach therapy soon so fingers crossed.... my son doesn't respond to his own name and i think that is one of the early signs of autism... and i think the idea from Julie to take photo's of things for flash cards is great......yuo could take photo's of your childs things like their bed and cup and the family car and your own house.... thanks you have inspired me :)

Gianina - posted on 04/08/2010

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My son is now 20 yrs old, and has apraxia speech impairment. When he was little, he didn't like going to speech therapy. So, I decided to go to music therapy because he loves music. I suggested the music therapy to encourage him to verbally imitate her. It took only 2 weeks before he finally understood what we wanted him to do...verbally imitate. We started with Old McDonald and he would say 'EIEIO'...then later on he would say the animals. To this day, my son would still verbally imitate what ever words I want him to say. He can speak some basic 'needs'...and because of the apraxia, he can't say complex words like 'please'..so he would use sign language.

I think music therapy is a great program for the little kids...it's fun.

Sue - posted on 04/08/2010

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i have a 4 yr old who didn't speak until she turned 3. when I took her to the doctor about it they told me she would talk when she had something to say :) They advised by age of 4 if they are not talking then be concerned

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Remember, there are two types of speech, receptive and expressive. Even if he isn't talking yet, the speech therapy is planting the little seed inside his head. When my son was that age, he only said about 3 words and they thought he could only understand about as much as a 12-18 month old. When he was 3 1/2, he was reevaluated and his receptive was almost 5-yr-old level. He is talking really well now, not like other kids who have just turned 4, but a huge improvement from where he was.

Keep your son in speech and practice what the therapist does (on a daily basis!). Talk to him often, describe what's going on and ask specific questions (do you want the red ball, or the blue block?) while holding them in front of him, and when he motions for one, repeat what it is and give him a moment to try it.

Another thing you can try is patting sylables on his leg when new words are introduced. (That's an elephant. El-eh-phant, elephant). I like to touch my lips when I try to get my son to say new words. Over time, he has learned to look at the way my lips are moving in order to form the words correctly.

There are lots of tips and tricks and your therapist probably knows tons of them!

Stephanie - posted on 04/06/2010

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my autistic kids came out talking, autism may not be the problem, but you need to get him looked at. Our mates little girl is autistic and she learnt phrases from pay TV before she would talk at around 5 years old, and she still uses those phrases when she is stressed with the american accent and all.

Cherish - posted on 04/06/2010

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Hi,
PECs are the picture exchange communication system.
Basically the person hands you are card,with a actual photo or a PEC photo or something they want,like a cookie,then you give them what they requested.
Many people who are not very verbal can use them,some people find it VERY difficult to speak,some physically can not.
I have SO many PECs links,I can send you,if you would like I can make you a few to try,and mail them to you.

Cherish - posted on 04/06/2010

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Hi,
What state are you in?
If you want I can give you the numbers in your state to get a free evaluation.

My son is almost 8,he has "severe autism" and does not really talk either...
But he does use a talker.
Are you using PECs?
I can give you the links where you can download and print them for free :)

Donna - posted on 04/06/2010

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Hi Renee!

I just read your post and just wanted to tell you, NEVER give up, he will talk! :) My daughter just turned 5yrs old in December and just started talking in the past 1-2 months. She's been in speech therapy since she was 2 yrs old, so never give up it will happen!

Susy - posted on 04/06/2010

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I have an nine year old who has autism and also I have a two year old who is taking speech therapy because she couldn't speak as well as any other 2 and half kid.

My daughter has been monitored through one program in the University of Miami of sibblings of autistic kids, and she is fine, no autism so far, I personally don't think she is autistic, see autism has veru unique traits, but it varies from child to child, you should take your son to a neurologist and also to a psychologist or a psychiatrist, someone who has experience in diagnosing autism or developmental delays. See I took my son to the person that does the test for the public schools, he was 5 years old when he was diagnosed, but the waiting line for the tests where to long, so I decided to pay for my own, here in Florida we have a program called early steps, they do all the tests and cover all the therapies for your child until they are 3 years old, I don't klnow which state are you located, but they should have some kind of program that covers kids until the age of three, they do all the testing and if they find anything that is not up to his age, they will treat him or send him to another specialist.

Since he understands you and follows directions I don't thinsk he has a hearing problem, but have him tested anyways, just to be on the safe side.

When he asks for something don't give it to him right away, try to make him say the word, even if it's just a mumble it is a start, but he has to say something in order to get what he wants, if he really wont say anything ,You tell him the name of the object several times, and the repetition will serve its pourpose.

I don't want to keep you busy, but if you want to talk more my e-mail is rafamom@hotmail.com

Always

Susy

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