Son Not Talking Yet

Tawanda - posted on 06/18/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi Moms...

My son, will be 2 on Saturday and does NOT TALK...or at least talk in a language we understand. He sings "Yo, Gabba Gabba" but not clearly...Actually, he does a lot of singing with songs and shows, but they just aren't words. He has a doctors appt. tomorrow and I was wondering if I should be concerned...he DOES communicate by getting you and taking you to what he wants or bring you what he needs done, IE a cup or spoon. Any other mom's with this...

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Shaylynn - posted on 08/23/2011

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To Sabrina: the doctor told me the same thing about my 3yrold. That she would need to see a speach therapist. Some kids just take longer than others. My oldest never talked till she was almost 4 and i was worried but now she talks like a 10yr old. My 3yr old talks alot but most of it is mumbled to where only i can understand. I would say to wait till hes a bit older and after some effort by u to teach him some word before u worry. Its only gonna make u crazy worried :)

Fabiana - posted on 08/18/2011

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hiha yes, my son is 2yr 10 months and does the same as your son we found out 3 weeks ago that my son has blocked ears with fluid and he praticaly can't hear anything but i never thought he had a problem have you had your son's ears checked? might be worth it at least you can know either way . i'm hopping once he has is ears done he will start using words (looking forward) ...

Sharee - posted on 07/13/2009

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My oldest daughter was like that. I called early intervention and they came and did an evaluation. She ended up getting speach and special ed for 3 years. At first I was upset that she needed either but her teachers were wonderful and it really just put her ahead. He could very well be perfectly fine but it never hurts to get them checked out.

Queen - posted on 07/12/2009

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All kids learn at different rates. I think it's great looking into it it maybe his hearing. Also when he says GABA GABA and you know what he's talking about do you correct him? And help him with his pronunciation? If he knows what he wants I wouldn't get it until he makes an attempt to say it. Some kids although just two know their role in the family and if they're the baby some will milk it! I would read to him more and ask him what objects are and give him a lot of praise when he says things correctly.

Sheena - posted on 07/10/2009

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My son just turned 2 also and JUST started talking, dont worry, boys learn ALOT slower than girls!!! :) To help my son "speed up the process," we were VERY dramatic when we say words like spooooon "say spoon" you sound stupid but it works! Remember, kids pick up things from YOU! Dont give up, it only gets better! Just sit with him alot and say words. I even bought some DVDs for my son with the ABCS on it and words & now he sings the ABCs and says soooo many things! Hope this helps! Good luck!

Kristen - posted on 07/09/2009

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Hi Tawanda,
I had similar concerns about my son at the age of 2, I took him to see a speech therapist who assessed him but as he didn't say a word in her presence it was hard to assess him. We waited about 6 months and it was a bit clearer by then that not only was his speech delayed but also his comprehension (language). He is now almost 4 and receives speech therapy and goes to a language pre-school. His speech has come along to a point where he says some 2-word phrases clearly and lots and lots of babble still (he also loves to sing too). His comprehension is delayed still but also coming along.
You would have seen your doctor by now, so I hope you have got some answers.

I know all kids progress at a different rate but in a small percentage of kids, like my son, they won't get it on their own, due to factors such as poor hearing, or a speech and language disorder or delay, or many other factors.
The problem with not dealing with it IF and this is a big IF, if there is a problem is that it can cause social skills problems, lots of frustration for you both, and difficulties in reading and writing at school.
Only a speech language/ therapist, paediatrician or child health nurse can tell you if it's really a problem or just a normal variation.
As a mum some of the things I found helped were: Getting a hearing test before you start any other tests, especially if he's had middle ear infections; Seeing a paediatrician or a speech therapist for an assessment. Having a review after 6 months if you're still not happy.
Reading to him. My son would not sit through a story at all (due to his poor comprehension) but when I got a book that had all photos and pictures in it of things like food, cars, clothes etc. he loved to look at the pictures and now loves to be read to. When you play with him use lots of words such as: 'mummy's got a red car' mummy's red car is driving' etc. a bit boring for us but it really helps.
Talk to him heaps and when he points to something that he wants, say the word for him such as 'drink' it doesn't need to be the whole sentence such as 'may I have a drink please mum' that will come later.
These are just the things that worked for me and my son and I hope this may help you too.
Good luck

Jill - posted on 07/09/2009

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I just read your post....I hope things have cleared up for you and your son. My little one just turned 2 one month ago. He was having a hard time with his speech. He had suffered terrible ear infections for 3 months. We finally had to have tubes put in his ears. Within 2 days, it was amazing how well he speaking. He had suffered hearing loss from the fluid build up. Post surgery, his hearing has been restored and he doesn't stop talking. That may not be your son's case, but I wanted to share. Children are funny creatures and they sometimes are not ready to speak, when we think they should. Within his time he will be driving you crazy, I'm sure. Good luck to you both. I pray things will be better. Please let me know how things turn out. Sincerely, Jill Douglas

Bree - posted on 07/08/2009

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My son was the same. On his 2nd bday he had a vocabulary of about 10 words. They are sooo much slower than girls. It will change, don't worry.

Nancy - posted on 07/07/2009

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I'm in the same situation but when I say the word cuple times and I ask him to said it he tyies but I think everything with love and calm.

Chanta - posted on 06/25/2009

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Camille was the same way. Must be those June babies. She wouldn't talk but was good at communicating in other ways. I had her evaluated and they told me she was still within her range. A few days ago she started using two word phases. We went from no words to "juice please" "I go home" out of the blue. Basically they told me to relax she will talk when she is ready.

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2009

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If it makes you feel any better, a professor that I had in college said he didn't speak until he was 5! He said his parents had him in speech therapy and nothing worked. Then, one day, he started to talk in full complete sentences. I agree with Sabrina. Different kids develop differently. If it makes you feel better, you could ask you pediatrician and get their advice. The silver lining is that one day you will wish he couldn't talk lol. Good luck

Sabrina - posted on 06/18/2009

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Yes my daughter turned two on the first. She says some words like mom, dad, and especially no. Every now and then she will say somethig else. When she went to her appointment her dr wanted us to take her to a speech therapist, but we have decided to wait. Another reason is her brothers and sisters will speak for her sometimes. And I was told in the past with another one of the kids that if that happens they wont speak as soon. But I am going to give her time and see what happens. I think she should be allowed to be a kid instead of worrying about how perfect her speech is. I dont think you shoud worry either. All kids develope at different times. Just keep an eye on it.

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