Delay in speech

Jody - posted on 04/04/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My 29w3d son just turned 15 months old and he only says Dad and Dada. Does anyone else have any concerns about their kids and speech being delayed? I am trying to be patient, but I don't know how to help him? He babbles all day long, so the doctors don't seem to be concerned, but as selfish as it may sound, I would like to hear him say Momma or something new.

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Karen - posted on 05/19/2010

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Hi my son was a 24 weeker and he says somethings but he is starting his speech therapy in a week my doc told me it was commun and not to lose sleep over it but im a first time mom and im always worrying about everything.Especialy because of how early he was hes now 16 1/2 month

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Caroline - posted on 07/04/2012

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Emily - posted on 08/16/2011

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These posts are so helpful to me! I am taking my daughter (a 27 and a half weeker) to her first speech therapy appt this week. It is very reassuring to know I am not the only one facing this! My daughter doesn't say anything except Mama, Dada, Uh oh and baby.. she is 18 months old, 15 months adjusted. She will also see a Behavioral/Developmental pediatric dr as well. My daughter babbles too, and I am sure she knows what she is saying!!! :)

Aimee - posted on 08/04/2011

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well my son has speech delay and what they told us to do was get 2 pics and show him every day on they will pick the picture sounds up very slow but will get there when he gets a pic add another 1 but never take the 1 he knows out hope this helps good luck and be patient it will come
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Michelle - posted on 07/23/2011

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my daughter never babbled as a baby and onlt started after 1 she had now words. i have her on a speech waitlist, however she has just gone two and a week before her second birthday she said mum and in the last few weeks has now developed 3 word sentences and over 30/40 words in her vocab, she is behind but catching up. I was told that babbaling was good as well. My daughter also understands and follows instructions. My son has very poor speech and is unable to follow simple instructions unlike her so i wouldnt be overly concerned but get it seen too, if he understands pick up bottle and simple things like that you might not have anything to worry about yet or at all.

Nicole - posted on 08/07/2010

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Contact you state's early intervention (0-3) program. The evaluation is free. The treatment will be on a sliding scale. My daughter was evaluated twice. Once in WY and once in GA. The first evaluation yielded no results. I didn't take "No" for an answer. The second evaluation addressed all the issues that I was concerned with.

Crissy - posted on 08/04/2010

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i have 4 kids three old enough to talk and all 3 have been delayed in speech. as i have now learned do not listen to your doctor, get you child into a speech group of some kind as early as you can. now would be the perfect age.not sure where you live but their has to be help you can get. if you need more help send me a message will be glad to talk more.

Jill - posted on 05/21/2010

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my son was born at 36 weeks and he still had speech delays. He's 3 now and finally starting to catch up though there's still times I have a hard time understanding him. He's had lots of problems with ear infections and that contributed to speech delays as well.

Charity - posted on 05/20/2010

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You just have to give him as much time as you can, I know how frustrating it can be, my daughter was born at 25 weeks was one 1lb 12oz she is three now and only says two to three word sentences when she should be saying so much more but with each passing day she does get so much better.

Tina - posted on 05/19/2010

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hi. my 2 year old hardly says any thing. mum, dad, beer he tries but gets very fustrated. i have another mum who had a premature baby and she has the same issues with speech.

QUANI - posted on 05/18/2010

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My son is now 20months...soon to be 2 in sept.. he was born at 26 weeks.....
As of this moment he says more than 20 words... His doctor told me he was going to be delayed since he was born quite early however he was very surprised how much he was talking saying "good job" and "more juce" or "goodnight"...
I have learned the more u speak to them the more they will catch on and start speaking....
BUT it also depends on your child...
sometiimes its better to take it one day at a time
i know kids that were preemies and didnt speak until 3 and now TALKS ALL THE TIME...

i read to him ALOT... and he watches the diney channel and sometime nick...however only the shows that educate u...

just be strong about it...
move one day at a time...

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So glad I become a part of this group. My son will be 2 yrs old in June and I thought my son was the only one who had a delay in his speech. He can say a few words, like juice, ball, pa-pa, na-na, ma-ma and da-da. Reading this has reassured me, that I'm not the only one out there that has to go through this. My son was born at 33 weeks and weighed 4lbs 5.7oz. I have noticed he has been about 3-4 months behind on reaching all of his milestones.

Sheila - posted on 05/04/2010

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HI! my son was born 28 weeks only and now 2.8 yo and not talking yet. Hes seeing a speech therapy now.

Sandra - posted on 04/07/2010

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My son, who is now 4 yrs old, was 6 weeks premature. One thing my doctor told me is that until he reaches 24 months he will be behind other babies his age, with walking, talking etc. One thing I made a point not to do is baby talk him. I made sure that I talked to him constantly. If I were in the kitchen, I would tell him what I was doing, in the car I would point things out. Now that he is 4 and constantly talking, I keep asking myself who taught him how to talk! Don't worry mom, your little angel will be talking in no time.

Shanica - posted on 04/07/2010

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My son was born at 26 weeeks and was diagnosed with a not so common hearing issue and we have been told that there will be a delay with his speeach due to this and we are already seeing a speech therapist.
Our speech therapist recommended that whatever we are doing with the baby, we should repeat the action 3 times very slowly before we proceed. Speak slowly and make sure you have your child's attention. We also repeat whatever sounds our son makes and we read alot of books to him and try not to stress too much about it.
Like many moms suggested, maybe go see if you can enrol your child in a program that can assist him.
All babies are different, premie or not, so just hang in there. Good luck.

Maria - posted on 04/06/2010

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Hi i have a daughter who is 27 months and was born 28+3 days weighing 2lb 5oz. She has only limited speech and uses signs and points to what she wants she is getting there slowly.
Unfortunatley she is still on the waiting list and has been for 6 months to see a speech therapist.
My eldest son was only 6 weeks early weighing 4lb 7 oz and he had a speech problem and didnt talk properly till he was nearly 4. He went to a speech therapy nursery and is 10 this year and still has a slight lisp.

My point being i think any child can have speech problems not just prem babies. I use signs alot with Elise which seems to help show her the sign for fish and over a few days she can do the sign then the sound.

Hope this helps

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Julie - posted on 04/05/2010

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My guy was 26 weeks + 5 days. He is still speech delayed, but we have cut down to only 1 day a week with our speech therapist. He just turned two at the beginning of March. He didn't start saying much until this past Christmas and is still considered behind. I would ask to have him evaluated in an Early-Intervention program to make sure there are no major issues.



I taught my guy baby signs (he was up to 20 signs by the time he was really talking) and that really helped with his communication. I have read many studies that indicate that signing works the same parts of his brain as talking. Also, "normal" kids who were taught some signs had better vocabulary even years after they learned. It does not make them not want to talk, it gives them tools until they are able.



Finally, don't forget to read and talk in short, simple sentences to him frequently. Even if you are doing something unrelated to him, he IS paying some attention to you. -- here's mom's sock. sock on foot. foot in shoe. ready for walk. walk walk walk. open door. door open. etc ...



If you are concerned, seek assistance. Maybe a local school has a program or info for you. I was just talking to our ST and remarking how the standards for pediatricians vs. speech therapists are VERY different. Do not let your doc or anyone else tell you not to be concerned without an evaluation and information on how you can help him!

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