finding my son isnt talking as much as he should for his age any ideas?

Joyce - posted on 04/21/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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he babbles alot but he has been doing this for well almost a year now but he isnt getting much out...

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Dawn - posted on 06/24/2009

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I have a 4 year old.. We have had him in speech therapy since he was about 18 months old... He is starting Pre K this year. How old is your boy? Try to google Child Find... They are who helped my get my son evaluated and into speech..

Jennifer - posted on 06/10/2009

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How old is your son? Has his doctor expressed any concern? My oldest son ( he's 4) is delayed in his speech. At his 2 year doctor visit I was asked how many words does he say and I told his doctor that he had maybe 10 words but most of them were still pretty mushed and I was the only one who really knew what he was saying. He had us get him evaluated and it turned out he has Sensory Processing Disorder and something called Auditory Processing Disorder. He has been receiving speech therapy, developmental therapy and occupational therapy since the age of 2 and he now attends a special needs preschool. He is doing remarkably better, but his speech is still sometimes mushed. I actually have been wondering if I should have his hearing checked. You also should try to look into teaching him signs so that if he can't tell you what he wants or needs then he can have another way to express to you his wants and needs.

Holly - posted on 06/04/2009

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Hello ,my name is HOLLY and im new to this commiunty and my son is 21 months old and ,the dr would ask is Evan talking yet ?we would say no he babbles every now and thean oh ok he will well time came and gone ,he went for a nother check up and he said wow ,his ears are filled with fluid ,go to ears nose dr .we went and he seen he now has tubes in is ears .he is talking saying mamama ,dadada,wolf ,bark ,nana,ambulance ...you should have him checked or hearing teasted if you havent ,when you talk to him look rite at him ,to his face and say mamam or mom ,ect (the dr said he would eventuly talk but he would pronounce wrong cause with the fluid build up it sounds muffled ,like under water ...good luck i have a book its called HELP me talk for children 1-3 years old .this is what im working on now with him when u are not with ur child ,place one of his favorite toys or blanket up high were he cant reach it ,but he can see plainly see it .later when he sees it ,he will have to communicate by pointing or other wise that he wants the toy or blanket .(when you sit down with him or as a family to eat breakfastand everyone has a spoon except ur child he will have to communicate by pointind or oterwise that he wants a spoon )when putting on ur sons shoes ,only put one on and start dong something elese ,like finishing the diaper bag or cleening up he will likely have to communite by pointing or other wise that you forget to put on the other shoe ."say shoe ,mom forgot to put my shoe on .put it on .here is some more advice from the book ,when ur chils points to a bottle of juice or cippy cup on the counter you might say 'im not sure,do u want a spoon ?(pause ) the ketchup ?(pause)my pencil(pause )ur teddy ,(pause )finally u might say some juice ,oh u want some juice ,thean as u hand him his cup of juice ,u might add juice .but DONT ask him or expect him to say the word juice right then .keep doing this with him or her it takes a lot of time but its all worth it in the end .good luck i hope that i have helped some what

Michelle - posted on 06/03/2009

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How old is your son? I went through the same thing with my eldest (who is nearly 11 now). I had to take him for hearing test's etc. We found out that he had glue ear in both ears, and had to have grommetts inserted into both ears. I felt awful when we found out, at the time I had never heard of glue ear and kept blaming myself, but its a familar condition that effects alot of children.

Have a word with your health visitor about your worries, or your doctor, and see if he needs a hearing test.

Miranda - posted on 05/29/2009

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how old is he? wHen my son was 2 the doctor caught on that he wasnt talking enough. He had to go through special classes and speech therapy to help. at home you can help by holding up items to your mouth at your saying them so the child can see how your mouth moves, and talk with him alot it gets tiring and you feel kinda silly but it helps. also reading with him pointing to pictures saying what they are and discriptions of what they are help. i hope this helps i could go on and on.

Alicia - posted on 05/28/2009

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I just want to say Thank you to everyone for the different pespectives! I am having the same problems with my youngest who is 20 months now. He definatley has no problem communicating what his needs are and I cannot dtect any hearing problems I have been putting off the evaluation process to give him his own time. He loves to listen and he babbles like crazy so I think when he is ready it will come. I know I appreciate everyones input , I hope that some of you feel the same ,input from others is how we all grow and learn whether or not we like what we hear!

Catherine - posted on 05/25/2009

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My first son didn't put two words together until he was 2 1/2. Some boys are just taking it all in, and running around too much to slow down and talk. The one thing we did do with our 2nd boy was start using sign language. It did alleviate some of the frustrations our older son had had with communicating before he could actually say the words. We are already doing this with our 3rd boy who will be a year this month, and it does help. As long as they are understanding and comprehending what you are saying and doing, you shouldn't worry. However, it never hurts to have them evaluated if only to make you feel better. After all, we can't be our best if we are stressing out all of the time. But, like others have said already, these boys do things at their own pace.

Catherine - posted on 05/23/2009

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Boys take longer to do things :) Reading to them and talking to them are great ways to encourage speech. This is interesting:
There are many good Einstein biographies on the web but most agree Einstein didn't speak until he was three and wasn't fluent in his native language until the age of nine.

One biography says he did not speak till three years old. In Einstein: The Life And Times author says, "Nothing in Einstein's early history suggests dormant genius. Quite the contrary. The one feature of his childhood about which there appears no doubt is the lateness with which he learned to speak. Even at the age of nine he was not fluent, while reminiscences of his youth stress hesitancies and the fact that he would reply to questions only after consideration and reflection. His parents feared that he might be subnormal."
He was not a good student, withdrawn: "was withdrawn from the world even as a boy -- a pupil for whom teachers held out only poor prospects."
When his father "asked his son's headmaster what profession his son should adopt, the answer was simply: 'It doesn't matter; he'll never make a success of anything.'"
"As remembered by Einstein in later years, this backwardness had its compensations, since it indirectly helped guide him towards the field he was to make his own. 'I sometimes ask myself,' he once said, 'how did it come that I was the one to develop the theory of relativity. The reason, I think, is that a normal adult never stops to think about problems of space and time. These are thing which he has thought of as a child. But my intellectual development was retarded, as a result of which I began to wonder about space and time only when I had already grown up."

The fact that Einstein took his time to talk is very cool - especially when I had a son who only started walking at 17months! Just had to remind myself that things happen at their own pace...

Cheryl - posted on 05/21/2009

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Joyce, has your son started talking yet? I am having the same problem with my youngest who will be 2 the end of July. We actually took him in for an evaluation. His hearing is perfect but he does not talk. Every once in a while he will blurt out a random word but will not repeat it. The doctors suggested speech therapy once a week for 30 minutes. Also, they suggested enrolling him in some sort of activity where he could interact with kids his own age. In addition, they told me to try baby sign language, stating that if he had to work extra hard to communicate, he may be more apt to talk. I believe my son is capable of talking, however, between his stubborn personality and his talkative older sibling, he simply has nothing to say.

Cara - posted on 05/21/2009

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me n my partner were only talking the other day about our sons speech as he can get words 2gether but wont actually say them unless we ask he is happy 2 babble...so we r jus trying 2 read 2 him alot more talk 2 him heaps n have him around older kids

Mary - posted on 04/23/2009

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Just watch what you wish for. My oldest son took a while to talk also and once he started talking, it was like he knew all along how too. He hasn't stopped since. LOL! Boy, can that kid talk. I wouldn't stress over it too much. Boys in general take longer on learning things period. The only thing I would suggest is checking out his hearing. My youngest had a slight speech problem and once I found out that he needed tubes in his ears, his speech did a 360. He also had enlarged tonsils in which he had to have removed. I found this helped also. Hope this helps. Don't take to heart what everyone says on here. I think some people are a little too sensative. LOL

Joeann - posted on 04/22/2009

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If you dont want people to replytheir ideas dont ask for them. It was actually me sons speech doctor that told me to do it. How dare you say that i am not doing things the normal way. Thats what is wrong with the world today small minded idiots.

Joeann - posted on 04/21/2009

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I know it is hurt I went through the same thing with my eldest boy. What i did is let him watch TV. When they find a show they like they try to sing along with it and sing the songs they sing. Like play school and wiggles.

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