speech delay normal for 2 year old?

Lisa - posted on 05/10/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 year old son who has a speech delay. He says about 20 words (but says quite a few letters and numbers) and is not combining any words. He is learning sign language and picks up on signs VERY quickly. Signing has helped with his communication and his manners. He signs "please" and "thank you" multiple times throughout the day. However, it seems that sign language is a lot easier for him than the verbal language. Sometimes he acts like he has no interest in learning new words but sometimes he does just fine. We started early intervention 5 months ago and he had his hearing checked, which was completely fine. Early intervention is working, I think. He went from saying 3 words at age 18 months to about 20 now at 23 months. However, I still worry about his speech. At first, I was worried about autism, but he is a very affectionate little guy who has great eye contact and is always happy and has a great sense of humor. However, he does walk on his tiptoes a lot, shakes when he gets excited, loves the fan (spinning objects), facinated with light switches, and loves to try to spell things out (we were at Wal-Mart the other day, he pointed up to the sign and spelled M-A-R-T). His 2 year check up is coming up in a few weeks and I am planning on discussing his speech delay with our doctor again. At his 18 month visit, the doctor was not concerned with autism. I guess I am a little worried still becuase when I Google speech delay, autism is the first thing that comes up. Is it normal for a 2 year old to say so few words if they are not autistic? I just want to help my little guy however I can. Thanks

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Rachel - posted on 05/11/2012

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I have never heard that. I would work with him to say the words work with him as much as possible sing songs and play games with him to make it fun. Good luck. if you want to talk to can message me here or find me on face book. good luck with your little man.

Lisa - posted on 05/10/2012

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Thanks, Rachel. His early intervention teacher wants us to withhold his favorite toys until he tries to say the word. He just gets so frustrated and eventually just doesn't care about the toys that we are withholding anymore and finds something else to play with. It is heartbreaking when he gets so frustrated :(

Rachel - posted on 05/10/2012

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My daughter who is 26 months old has a speech delay and is in no way autistic. If the speech therapy is working i would keep up with it some times children do not get it right away then over night they will say sentences. My daughter said just 6 words when she was 18months old and now says alot more just still does not string more than 2 words together on a normal basis. She is in early intervention. Good luck and just keep working with him as much as possible but make it a game not something he has to do.

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