My boy is 21 month old and he doesn't say words yet!

Miriam - posted on 09/17/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My Son is 21 month old and he doesn't say a word yet. I'm a little worry. He does says mom and dad. But I cant make him talk. I will repeat the words and I ask him to repeat things. I know he understand because if I ask him to do anything he does it. He pays attention to me. He does do baby talk.. Should I be worry? What things should I do to encourage him to talk?

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Lisa Marie - posted on 09/24/2009

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my son is also 21 months old n he didnt used 2 say any words apart frm mom n dad. but over the last few weeks he has picked up on his speach n is saying " dog, spot, kissey(which is my 2 cats name) , nanny, car and a few others. they not properly clear but he is picking words up nicely. all babbies r different n do things at different ages. my son was faster at movements then speech. i found he picked up on his tlking wen our nxt door neighbour moved in wiv her kid who is around the same age as him n my son was playing in the garden wiv her n the nxt min all i new he was copyin off her. so u cud try interracting him wiv older kids and around the same age as him. n u can keep saying words 2 him n in his own time he will start copying the words u say.

Sue - posted on 09/23/2009

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my boy was over two before he started to really say anything, i started him at nursery school and when he became familiar with his surroundings and other children talking, his speach has come on leaps and bounds, if you really worried though i would talk with the health visitor just to put your mind at ease.

Candice - posted on 09/23/2009

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My son just turned 21 months and he has been going to speech therapy since he was like almost 17 months. My Dr. told me to go even when she said that there was nothing else wrong with him but some speech delay and if something therapy will help him. Our therapist told me he has a mild speech delay nothing really to worry about. At his 18 months check-up he was saying only mom (sometimes), and had 2 not clearly words for food and animals. Now he says more words everyday, he is even putting 2 words together. Speech therapist taught him baby sign language, she said sometimes they get to understand the concept first by using the sign and later they'll say the word. I dont know if my son is talking now because he was ready to talk or because the speech therapy :).......but I do believe also that kids develop in their own pace and time.

Naomi - posted on 09/22/2009

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My son is 21 months and he only has a few words that he says regularly. Our pediatrician was concerned and referred us to Early Intervention, who determined that he does indeed have a speech delay. We now have a speech therapist that we work with bi-weekly. Some of her recommendations have been to repeat the same word multiple times (especially for things he is really interested in), slowly enunciate when we say certain words, teach him baby sign language, and provide constant narration through the day so he hears more words. We also need to encourage him to ask for things. Our speech therapist said that we need to give him a chance to respond, but even if he doesn't, he hears the word several times which is still good. We're glad he's getting services, but certainly hope he starts talking regularly soon!

Angela - posted on 09/21/2009

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I remember my son was like that too and he is now 7 years old and very much a talker. Just need to give him a lil more time. I know as mom we pretty much get worried fast. I will also talk to his pediatrician and maybe he can give you more advices. Good luck and God Bless

Amanda - posted on 09/21/2009

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Hi Miriam!



My son doesn't say much either, and he was 2.5 months premature as well. He has been proactively recieving speech therapy with First Steps since 16 months. As some other mothers have already stated, it's important to remember that all children do develop differently. It's great that you're paying attention to his development & speech and it sounds like your concerns should be addressed with your pediatrician. For instance, our pediatrician and First Steps both independently stated that they like to see kids 18-24 months saying up to 20 words & beginning to use two word combinations. I'm not sure where you reside, but you could ask your pediatrician about First Steps or about similiar govt run programs and at least schedule him for an evaluation to see where he stands, as well as for your own piece of mind. Also, in conjuction with speech therapy, basic sign language was introduced to my son as well and it has helped us tremendously. It just helps to ease the frustration for him of not being able to say the words yet, but still get his needs/wants across. There are lots of signing books, or the Signing Time DVDs are great too. Often times, you can find the Signing Time DVDs at your local library. I hope some of this info is helpful to you. Good luck and continue to hang in there!

Nicole - posted on 09/20/2009

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Right now my son is 20 months old he says mama, dada( not specific to dad) and yeah. He doesn't talk either. I had him tested with First Steps of mIssouri and there is a 33% delay but first steps can't treat him unless there is a 50% delay I am working with him and trying to get a speech therapist

Jen - posted on 09/19/2009

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Quoting Laurie:

My son is at the same stage as Glocel's - the first syllable of most words and a limited vocabulary at that. I was a little worried about that as well but have been assured by many that it is perfectly normal. He also understands perfectly well and has ways of making himself understood non-verbally. He is very advanced physically - he walked young for instance and is very co-ordinated and I have heard from various sources that it is usual that a baby either develops physically first or verbally first but not usually both at the same time. My son just in the last week or so has started to say many more words and much more clearly than before. I also try to avoid baby talk as much as possible and say words back to him with the correct pronounciation.


I like the point you made about kids being either verbally or physically ahead. My daughter said her first word at 11 months (9 months if we count her saying my Aunt's dog's name) and didn't want to walk until almost 14 months. That was the only thing that she was physically "behind" in though. She also only said first syllables of words when she first started talking. For instance, "Ba" was ball. By 15 months though she was talking in 2 word sentences and pronouncing 3 syllable words and all of her earlier words are much more clear. She is now talking in almost complete sentences (she doesn't use articles most of the time).

Laurie - posted on 09/19/2009

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My son is at the same stage as Glocel's - the first syllable of most words and a limited vocabulary at that. I was a little worried about that as well but have been assured by many that it is perfectly normal. He also understands perfectly well and has ways of making himself understood non-verbally. He is very advanced physically - he walked young for instance and is very co-ordinated and I have heard from various sources that it is usual that a baby either develops physically first or verbally first but not usually both at the same time. My son just in the last week or so has started to say many more words and much more clearly than before. I also try to avoid baby talk as much as possible and say words back to him with the correct pronounciation.

Miriam - posted on 09/18/2009

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thank you ladies for your help. It make me feel better. I was really freaking out. I will get more books and read him more often. I do read him at night, so I'm going to try to read to him before his nap or something like that. Thank you ladies, I will keep you posted...

Jen - posted on 09/18/2009

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It seems like he understands language pretty well so I wouldn't be very concerned, but if he still isn't saying anything when he turns 2, I'd ask his doctor to evaluate him. Boys do tend to take a little longer than girls though. Baby talk is good, but encourage him with books. The ones with only one picture on a page are great for language acquisition. Just keep working with him. And repeat everything. He'll surprise you one day with a whole sentence.

Glocel - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son is 21 months too and has very limited clearly pronounced words. But he knows a lot of other objects he can identify, but cannot pronounce them well. As his doctor has said, we cannot expect them to speak as clearly as we do. My son says only like 1st syllables or letters of a word and sometimes they may even sound similar, ex. clo - meaning clock, also clown; mou - meaning mouth, also mouse; ben - meaning bed, bear; pen meaning penguin, also pig. He says kayeng - meaning triangle; ker - square; tar - star; ha - heart; dinana - dinosaur, and a whole lot more. But he points to the object so we know what he means. And we don't use baby talk with him. We just see to it that we always follow up each word with the correct pronunciation so he learns. As long as you understand each other and can communicate well, there is no need for you to worry. I agree, that they each develop in their own pace and time.

Jamie - posted on 09/18/2009

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Oh, also forgot to mention, while my daughter doesn't have the words to tell me what she wants, she has started grabbing my hand and leading me to what she wants (i.e. the fridge for juice/milk, the back door to go outside). They find ways to let you know what they want.

Jamie - posted on 09/18/2009

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My daughter is 21 months. She has a small list of words that she says, but she isn't putting together any sentences. I've been told that as long as they understand what you tell them and have their own baby language going on, they are fine. You just have to remember that they all learn/develop on their own schedule. It doesn't sound like you have anything to worry about.

Caitlin - posted on 09/17/2009

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I'm struggling with the same things right now. My son is about 20.5 months now, has wonderful receptive language, can follow simple directions, knows mom & dad, but REFUSES to say anything else. Our family is looking into teaching him baby sign language as a means to dispel some of the frustration over not being able to communicate to us what he wants. Maybe it would be an option for you and your son? Hope you find something that works!! And if you have any success, please pass your advice along to me for my son!

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