Why hasn't he talked?

Melissa - posted on 03/02/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is just over 18 months. He has not said one single word. I read to him or we talk about the pics in our books daily. I do a lot of acting out the scenes in the books and I talk to him all the time. I know he understands because he can follow commands, point at a few pics when asked "where", point at a couple diff body parts, etc. He just does not seem to feel the need to try and talk. I know the doctor will want him to see a specialist. Due for his next check-up in a couple weeks. Does anyone know what might be going on or has this happened to any of you?

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Christy - posted on 05/14/2012

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A is 20 months & no words. we are working with specialist in late talking kids. message me & i an give you some info on what might be going on!

Erica - posted on 05/02/2012

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We are in the same boat too. Going to speech evaluation soon. But most people say no big deal as long as they understand and everything else seems within normal limits.

Jennifer - posted on 03/19/2012

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A lot of kids do talk later especially if they are not around other kids regularly. However, I have a 5 year old son with Autism and nobody seemed concerned except my husband and I. It is around 18 months that something just "triggers" and any speach he had just stopped. By the time he was 3 and was diagnosed he was maybe saying 5-10 words consistantly. He is doingg well now thanks to school and therapy. But because Autism runs more commonly in siblings, especially boys, we are watching our 18 month old VERY carefully! Thankfully, he is doing wonderfully and is actually ahead of other kids his age in speach and gross motor development. I attribute that to us being on high alert and him having older siblings.

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I'm in the same boat. My daughter is 19 months and says mamma and dada. We are on a waiting list for a speech specialist, but in the meantime it was suggested we sign her up with a playgroup to socialize her and have her surrounded by others her age. We'll also ask her pediatrician for a referral to an audiologist, as per the social worker's suggestion, to rule out a hearing problem. She understands everything we ask her to do, and understands us when we figure out what she's pointing to; she can point to body parts, etc. We're not really "worried", more like just wondering. Her sisters are 11 and 13, and were talking up a storm by this age. Good luck :)

Andrea - posted on 03/11/2012

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my son is 19months and hasn't said anything either he can understand perfectly and is absolutly fine i know alot of people who's children have not spoken till after 2 so im not concerned yet i wouldnt worry to much about it :)

Kaitlin - posted on 03/02/2012

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Some kids just wait to talk. If he understands and can hear well, there shouldn't be any concern. 'They' get concerned around 2, but even then, it's well in the range of normal.

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