2.5 year old who can't talk...?

Randi - posted on 03/11/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I watch a 2.5 year old who was not talking at all when he first started coming. But between my boys (3 years old and 15 months) talking to him and making him say and/or sign the things he wants, he has gotten a couple spoken words as well as a handful of signed words in his vocabulary. But he still grunts and shrieks for most things and isn't any where near where he should be. Does any one have a suggestion on how I should bring up the subject of speech therapy to his mom?

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I watch a little boy who is 17 months. He had fluid behind his ear drums around 6-7 months and no one knew. He couldn't hear his parents talking to him, trying to teach him words, etc. He's struggling to talk now. He's very verbal but does not say actual words. When he was tested the doctor said that he was testing at almost a 3 year old level, except in his verbal communication. It's a touchy situation for a provider. Fortunately my parents were very attentive and proactive but they could have very well been defensive toward me if I had brought it up. Good luck to you!

Randi - posted on 03/26/2009

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Just an update: Well, he is doing a little better. He has a couple more words and saying the older ones more clearly. The more I have him, the more I think it is just a matter of someone working with him. Thanks for the advice, Nicole but I don't think he has a hearing problem because he can understand most things I say. If he doesn't understand it do to lack of vocabulary, I find another word until he knows what I'm talking about. If I tell him to go get his cars or pick up the blocks, he does. I talked to his mom about 1 1/2 weeks ago and she said she will probably take him to his pediatrician in April and see what he thinks. Which I have no doubt that the Dr. will recommend a speach therapist. I'm not sure why she wants to wait but I'm just glad she will be taking him! Hopefully, they can get him up to his level by the time he starts school. Yes, I will keep you updated as we go.

Nicole - posted on 03/22/2009

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My husband is hearing impaired from birth and those were his symptoms. His was not caught as early as it should have been, so I highly suggest that for the future of the child, that something be done soon. The earlier the better. It may just be a matter of fluid build up in his ears and he may not hear full words, hence his one syllable words he is repeating back. I hope that is the case and he does not have full hearing loss like my huband and they can get his ears checked and he can begin to move forward and develop normally. Once school aged, he will be far behind. I would say to the parents that you have noticed his not talking, being you have child development experience and maybe he is having trouble hearing. I wish you good luck. Keep me posted on how it is going.

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