23 mo old isn't talking

Laura - posted on 08/23/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 23 month old son is only using about 4 words, mommy, daddy, go, and bye-bye. We read a lot, and of course have done everything to get him to talk. He jabbers a lot and tries to make different sounds. He has said a few other words once or twice, but doesn't use the words. I had a friend recommend a speech evaluation. I haven't called the pedatrician yet, but she also suggested a speech evaluate if he wasn't talking more by now at our last dr appt. Is anyone else having similar problems?

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Tiffany - posted on 08/31/2011

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a speech eval is probably a good idea simply because they can give you tip on how you can help your son talk. That said, if he understands you well and can follow simple direction he is probably just being stubborn and will talk when he is ready to. A friend of mine had 2 sons who both didn't start talking until they were nearly 3, but when they did they talked non-stop. My 23 month old has only really started talking in the last month or so, and he tends to leave the end off of his words, but we can understand him most of the time. It will come, even if he needs a little help to get started, I don't know any 30yr olds who still don't talk ;) Don't worry. Also - every baby develops at their own pace, so don't put too much weight on what other babies are doing... his age or otherwise.

Kellie - posted on 08/25/2011

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Oh totally get him evaluated! No harm...I can't stand when people put programs like Early Intervention down. The older generation tends to give advice like "they'll do it on their own time." Honestly, in my opinion, you can never have enough help. Mason was evaluated at 15 months, my pedi was right on it and boy was I glad she was. I was completely taken back by her concern but EI has been nothing be wonderful for our family. Mason has speech in our house once a week and goes to play group once a week. It has done wonders! Evaluations are free and you don't have to have a pedi referral. You can call them up to set an evaluation for him. Mason just had his 6 month eval. since being in the program and in every area he's improved. His receptive language (understanding) went from being at a 10 month olds at 15 months to being at a 27 month olds at 23 months. Again, I can't say enough about the program...do it as soon as you can. They age out of the program at 3 and you don't want it to be too late. I'll take all the help I can get with my mute little friend. (he says mama, dada, hi, bye, wow, juice)

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Steffani - posted on 09/11/2011

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I'm a HUGE fan of sign language. My oldest who is 6 started taking classes when she was 7 months. By 1 year she could sign & say more milk please. My 2nd daughter who will be 2 at the end of the month talks in complete sentences. A great website is www.signingtime.com. They have alot of great resources. Good luck.

Rocio - posted on 09/05/2011

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My son is having the same thing. He is 23 months and says about five words. I was a slow talker and so have my nephews.....I think that every child is different and have their own stages. I haven't had him tested because I do not think anything is wrong. Be patient and before you know it, he will be talking.

Christy - posted on 09/03/2011

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As a mom with 2 kids that did not talk at that age i say get the evaluation done. The sooner a child get help that needs it the better. My son at 18 months was not talking and we got him a evaluation and he got speech and ot therapy and is know in kindergarten and done well. Our second child i keep telling my self she needed help and my husband said she was just like our son and would be find, finally i stop listening to him and got her evaluated and i wish i had not wait so long to do it, she was over 24month and she got ot, dt, speech and behavioral therapy. The third child we had is 24 months and say 3-4 word phrases and has shown me where a child should be at. As one parent to another don't wait get the evaluation done. The sooner a child get help the better

Heather - posted on 09/02/2011

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my son is the same age and can't say anything really. doesn't say mommy, tries to say daddy, tries other words and chatters but nothings sounds like a proper word! he is my third child and i'm not particulary worried - YET!

Laura - posted on 09/01/2011

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Thanks everyone. I did get an appt for a speach evaluate. My friend is a therapist and thinks he's fine. Joyce I will let you know what happens.

Joyce - posted on 08/30/2011

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I'm having the same problem with my son. He says, "mommy, daddy, paw-paw, doggy, bye-bye, night, and ball. By the time my nephew was this age, he was saying all kinds of words. I'm worried about my son.

Kellie - posted on 08/26/2011

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My 23 month old doesnt say much, he says mum ALL THE TIME...dad, nan and CAR. He CAN talk, he blew me out of the water one day saying "theres the car" clear as a bell...he is a stubborn lil so and so....took till 17 months to walk, altho I knew he could walk....dont be concerned. He WILL do it in his own time :) good luck

Nanette - posted on 08/26/2011

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I was consirened too bc at 21 months my daughter knew about 15 words, but would only use them if told to like we would say "lilly say grass" and she would say "ass" lilly say poppop" shed say poppop. But if she saw grass or saw poppop she wouldnt say them. so I talked to a couple moms, one suggested i not get her evaluated until she was 3, my mom on the other hand said early intervention is free and cant hurt to get her help now! My FIL on the other hand thinks its my fault that she isnt talking and blames me for not talking enough! he lives in ny and me in pa, so he doesnt know that i dont stop talking. I just stop when he is around, bc i dont like him. :-P So i got my daughter evaluated and she qualifies. no autism (which i knew, she communicates great through hand gestures pointing and "her own lil language" plus she understands everything we say. Like one of the other ladies kids I think lilly can say things, she choses not to. However I want her to talk and get help so she is. She has had 3 speach therapy sessions and is doing great! learning new words everyday and sign language which she loves! and so do I since my hubby is partially deaf (her hearing test just recently passed with flying colors). She has learned to say things like more, mine, cup, eggs, up down, and several more. she said "HOT" one day when i put her in the tub. I was so exicted and got all happy for her. then one day she said "more mama" and handed me her bowl! I loved it! less whinning and more talking please! right now im working with her on saying "more please" bc she can say more and please. so it would sound more like "more lease" but i am all for that. ;-) So yes get ur son tested! in any case it cant hurt right? gettting him help isnt going to hurt him, it will help him. My daughter gets soooo excited to see her speach therapist and ran and hugged her and sat on her lap the whole time. we all baked together, and play with toys and went outside and now next week were going to the park! its not work its fun! the lady makes it fun! lilly loves it and so do i bc my little girl is learning to use her words! I suggest getting him tested! its free and no one has to know if u dont want them to! I dont care if people know. ive had several of my teacher friends say "thank you for getting her help now, bc it makes her job easier and its better for the child to get help sooner then when there already in school and all the other kids are beyond them in their development" she said its better to get them help early on! They come to ur house. My neighbors (live in apt) just think its a friend! lol. its hard for me sometimes bc I get jealous that my friends kids have been talking in sentances for months now, and mine barely talks (she has her own language, but cant understand it). but I have to keep reminding myself that all kids learn at different paces! good luck!

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Yes! My daughter chooses when she speaks. I have heard her use several wors, and even a sentence at one point. I have had people suggest a speach pathologist, and to check her ears to make sure she is hearing and understanding correctly. I havent made appointments yet, but im not overly concerned. Because I know she can talk, I think she is just stubborn, and knows that wether she talks or not she can still let us know what she wants with hand gestures or leading us to certain things. If your doctor has suggested getting help, then that is what you should do.

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