my jr will be two in four weeks and he is not speaking any clear words except moma daddy hot his dr said hes ok but im concerened please help
Crystal - posted on 08/12/2012
I was worried with my little man as well. He was a preemie so I kept a close eye on his development. He couldnt speak clearly at two and then suddenly one day he came out with a mouthful that we understood. My pediatrician said as long as they understand what you are saying and that by three you understand 75% of what they say, then they are on the right track.
Though it is hard, try not to worry too much yet. Your little one may just want to do things on their schedule!
Sandra - posted on 05/31/2012
My son is a straight A student. He never crawled and didn't walk until 14 months. He wasn't speaking clearly until he was 2 1/2 . He potty trained when he turned 3. He does his thing, on his own time schedule.
I was VERY concerned when my son wasn't crawling or walking. The doctor said not to worry but I pushed the issue. Eventually they referred me to a pediatric physical therapist who worked with my son. To be honest, it wasn't anything, he just wasn't ready to get up and go. However, the therapy was very beneficial for him. It was fun and it taught me how to get him motivated. (Our insurance covered all the therapy - we only had a $5 co-pay for each session, so that helped a lot.)
What my advice is that if you're concerned and your doctor is not - that your opinion is the most important. I would request a referral to a speech therapist. Maybe they'll see him and say he doesn't need any help. But maybe, like my son, they will work with him to improve his skills.
If you're writing here then it must be really bothering you.
Cindy - posted on 05/10/2012
I have a great-niece that is now 5 yrs. old, and had delayed communication issues. As you can imagine, my nephew & his wife were so worried over this. The dr. told them for several years that there was nothing wrong. She just had a speech delay. But, as her parents pushed further & went to their local public school system, & the school immediately began providing special services for her. Unfortunately, the school system wanted to label her with autism almost immediately. The good news if that her parents followed their instincts, & found a specialist for delayed speech. I can't remember the drs. name, but I know they were at Vanderbilt. While they found that she does still have an issue to be dealt with, but they believe that, in time & with the right tools, she will be able to live a normal life. Another issue was that the dr. jumped on the autism bandwagon. So, now they are still working with school system, & following the directions of the specialist at Vanderbilt. And, my great-niece is making inprovements.
Since your son is only 2, I think you will hear more of the "he's OK," unless you push harder to have him tested. He maybe too young, & they want to wait another year before you push forward. The best advice I can think of is to just take it a day at a time right now.
Danielle - posted on 04/27/2012
I agree that you need to rule out hearing and such through your MDs. But trust your gut more then anyone else. My doctors still say my son is fine but his school disagrees to the point were they want him to be in a self contained classroom and they wanted my daughter held back a grade. It was my gut that got all 3 of my kids into special programs because I knew there was something wrong. And 2 of the 3 of them, paedss all the schools' initial screenings but when I pushed hard enough because my gut told me so, the school kept looking into what I was saying and finally found out my gut was right.
If this is your first, trusting yourself is hard but fighting for something in the best interest of your child is the only thing worth fighting for.
Ginger - posted on 04/26/2012
You can bring that up to his pediatrician. The doctor can rule out things like hearing difficulties and such. The pediatrician can recomend your child for speach classes if the he/she feels your child needs the help. I think at 18 months only a few clear words are expected while some children can do more. My Mom said she would hold her throat up to ours so we could hear the vibrations and speak slowly and sharply while also letting us watch so we could make out the sylabols. Also watching you slowly sound out the words and where to position his mouth when making the sounds helps. Maybe some abc flash cards might help. Try the first ten letters at a time, but only focus on the picture recognition. You tell your child what the pics are numerous times so they can hear the way you say it, then you start asking them to recite the pictures. If he seems to get the "M" and "D" sounds introduce words with similar sounds and work from there. Good Luck.
Danielle - posted on 04/25/2012
I have been there! Call your local school district and ask them what resources they have for Early Education. Each state has their own thing but their are also some federal guidelines set up to ensure you can find some assistance.
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