Learning to talk

Juleen - posted on 02/22/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Zavier has now had two operations and is just over 20 months, he doesn't say a lot of words. Please can some of you mom's tell me what to really expect? I have spoken to alot of people and everyone says different. Must my boy go for speach therapy before he is three years old or not? We have started with sound making and it seems to work as he tries to make the sound aswell.

Please help me with some advise!

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Celeste - posted on 07/12/2010

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I should add he really took off after his second birthday,and we work with him all the time older kids too everything can be a word game!!

Celeste - posted on 07/12/2010

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My son is 26 months ,born with bi lateral cleft lip and palate it was expected thad he would need alot of speach therapy ,We do the flash cards and sound words out more so than with the other kids who do not have cleft, He goes to daycare and is at the same stage as the other kids his age he goes for check ups at the speach clinic but is yet to need it!!

Susan - posted on 07/09/2010

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What our Speech therapist did was teach Elizabeth signs and sounds at the same time. That way she can communicate through sign language. Only problem is there is debate at whether or not knowing sign language hinders the need to talk.

Nicole - posted on 06/23/2010

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I'm wondering the same thing, my daughter is 2 years old and does'nt say a whole lot either. I would love the advice too! Its upsetting when they try to talk and they get frustrated when you don't understand. Btw, your little boy is adorable.

Susan - posted on 06/08/2010

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I anted to give you an update. My daughter is still not talking. She has been in daycare for the last three months and is trying more vaired sounds. We think that we have heard the words: yes, yeah, ya, ma, mo-mo(our cat's name is Morris), da.

Our Birth to 3 program just hired a speech therapist that had a son who was born with a Cleft lip/palate. He is only a few months older than Elizabeth, but he is talking already.

The outlook is looking good, our goal is to be talking by 3 and to be upto 30lbs. We are at 22 now. Slowly but surely we will get there!

Rya - posted on 04/26/2010

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I would go see a speech therapist, as every child is different even if they are born with virtually the same cleft palate issue. My daughter was expected to have speech issues since they had to repair her whole palate but she is now over 2 and is starting to talk wonderful.
Keep your head up and speak with your sons pediatrician and get a referal to a speech therapist.

Susan - posted on 04/08/2010

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Hi My daughter Elizabeth who is now 27 months old has had speech therapy since she was 9 months old. First we concentrated on making any sound until she was 13-14 months. Then we started working on sign language as a way for her to try to communicate. She has picked up a few signs "more", "please", "thank you", "help". Help was a litte harder and she doesn't get the two hand gesture completely, but you hold out her hand to her and she does the help part. Plus she has her own way of signing for "Up".

At 27 months she hasn't started talking, but she does copy noises you make and she has started to bable like a baby. We have hopes that before she turns 3 she will be saying more than "Mo-Mo"(our cat is named Morris).

In regards to your question, what would it hurt to have you child seen by a speech therapist? We can understand her and she definately gets her opinion across, but we would like everyone to be able to understand her.

Crystal - posted on 03/13/2010

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Our daughter is in speech therapy and she is 27 months. We have been having it for about 6 months now and while she still doen't say the words correctly I can understand what she is trying to say now. It is not going to hurt them for having the therapy only help. I say do the thearpy. You may not think it helps at first but in time you should:) Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son had a cleft palate, he had 2 surgeries. He is now 6. He always had speech therapy. I say yes even though he is not talking yet it will set him up for later, believe it or not ours started speech at just 4 months. Considering and he had a pretty bad cleft they had to take throat tissue b/c he was missing nasal tissue, he talk pretty well. He is kind of high pitched and not as pronounced as maybe a "normal" child but after you have been around him a few times you can understand him. I personally won't do more surgery for the better sound quality. I really do believe all the therapy has got him to where he is with the talking and being clear enough. He really did not start talking at all till he was 3. Also betweenthe at home therapy and taking him he got it 4x a week. I say do it. My thoughts are it won't ever hurt and I don't think you can ever have to much teaching for your child and help for your child. Hope this helps!

Robyn - posted on 02/24/2010

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While all kids are different...



my first boy (born with a wide unilateral cleft lip/palate) was in speech therapy since he was one & occupational therapy when he was born till we switched to a speech patholigist at age 1 to focus on any speech issues. Cleft babies do tend to have more speech issues - right now we are focusing on articulation at the age of 4 through our town. His craniofacial speech pathologist claimes the issue is because of the cleft & not age appropriate.



But my 2nd that was not born with any cleft issues really did not start talking until recently he is almost 26 months old. I did not worry since he understood everything & now he repeats everything & talks a bunch! Plus his brother talks for him a lot too!



Both boys were late talkers too..not until they were over 2.



In our state we have a program for children called Birth to Three (Birth23). We were enrolled as soon as our cleft baby was born - where we were provided an occupational therapist & speech services. I would see if your state has anything similar. What was great about this service is that for my sons first three years the state provides the service & they then helped me transition my son to our town services at 3. Since he was born with a cleft he has to be provided these services but it is nice to have another advocate on his side.



Good luck & keep us posted!

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