Not as verbal, is this ok?

Niki - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son doesnt talk as much as his older sister did at his age. He is picking it up better than before, but still not quite as good as she was. Is this normal? He says his basics, Mommy, Daddy, and attempts to say Nessa and Grandma. However, at his age Nessa was moving on to 2-3 word sentences....if not more. Is he slow? Or is he just relying on his sister to interpret for him?

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Joanne - posted on 02/10/2009

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my daughter is 2 in july she doesnt say 1 word and has just been referred to speech theropy she is developin with everythin else apart from her speech.

Rebecca - posted on 02/10/2009

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heya i would agrre he may well be speaking less as he has aolder sibbling to talk for him||! how old is sister? is she old enouh to encourage him to talk by asking questions and waitinf for answers and prompting him? he isnt behidn as suc yet as developemtn does very between each child and can be diffrent with 2nd depending on how vocal the first chold is :) if you want some information try googling chatter matters they run corses and give information i am doing a course at the mo very intersting althu i alreayd have a son and studyd childcare at colage beofre working as a childcare assistant x

Sarah - posted on 02/08/2009

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I worry about the same thing. My girls only say a few words, Momma, Dadda, hi, bye, and their brothers names. My sons were way more vocal at 19 months. My doctor told me not to worry about it. They were early crawlers and walkers. He said that when they are early in one stage of development, they concentrate on that one thing and may be a little later on others. So some children who talk early might not be walking as well. I was told not to worry about it and we would check on it again when they turn 2. I hope this helps.

User - posted on 02/07/2009

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Hi Niki!!
I have 2 kids of my own.. Plus I've been working in a daycare for 5 years... What i can tell you is No Child develops the same.. But there are places that can help.. if you need it.. i went to talk with me ( its a program that helps with your children) I'm now going to speech and early childhood stimulation for my 2 year old... and i find he talk a lot more now.. But what i found that helped a lot for my 2 year old was going to a daycare... to interact with children his own age...

Joy - posted on 02/07/2009

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My mom knows a lady who's son didn't say ONE WORD until he was 3 yrs old! The mother was sooo worried and kept taking him to the Dr but they told her they couldn't find anything wrong... he was developing right on track with everything else. Then, one day, he suddenly was speaking in full sentences! Every child is different and develops at different rates. I wouldn't worry about it unless he's showing other signs of slow development in which case take him to a doctor. You didn't mention his age but with an older sibling he sounds completely normal. Keep encouraging new vocab and reward what he CAN do instead of worrying about what he can't! He'll come around when he's ready! Good luck!

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