Heather - posted on 06/21/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )
So my son will be 2 years old in about two weeks and he went from doing words like dada, momma, please, okay, etc to just crying as if he's an infant. I'm not saying it like that to be mean, but if you picture how an infant behaves for what it wants due to it's lack of ability to communicate through words, it's the EXACT same thing!
We do the whole "use your words" thing and it hasn't worked yet, it's been about four months. He just kicks and screams as if he's going to die if he has to say a single word. He does this with EVERYTHING. He won't use his words to tell us what he wants (words he's used hundreds of times before with friends, family, my husband and I, so no it's not in my head) and just cries when I tell him to say what he wants. Then when he doesn't get anything (doc said to stop giving him stuff before he asks to see if that works), he just has a major meltdown. This happens around 20-40 times a day over pretty much anything and everything. It's exhausting and as a navy wife, my husband is out to sea about 98% of the time and can't switch out with me to save my sanity.
He hasn't been around any infants lately nor does anyone we know respond to him acting this way, including my husband and I. We just ignore the tantrums and tell him to use his words. I don't think he has any developmental or speech problems since he was pretty advanced for those areas in the past 7 months. Now it seems he regressed completely to a baby and it's starting to wear me down. He isn't in daycare nor does he go to a sitter since I'm a SAHM.
If anyone has ever been through this with their kiddo, let me know what you did to encourage them to use their words. Also, if you tried something and it made it worse, please let me know too. He won't sit still long enough for flash cards or books, let alone be still at ALL (lol) but yes we tried that as a teaching tool. :) TIA! And if you have some mean or snarky comment, keep it to yourself. I don't have time for drama.