5 yrs old daughther still cannot talk .

Nurulfitah - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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My 5 yrs old daughter still cannot talk properly. The only word came out from her mouth 'mimi' for milk, 'mamam' for eat, mama and abah (dad). I did sent her for speech therapy but it seems not working. Pls I really need help. Child at her age suppose to go to pre-school.

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Sophia - posted on 09/29/2012

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she should be in school not pe-rschool, she is 5. she should be getting speech weekly. and please talk to her and read to her each night. encourage her to use her words .

Nurulfitah - posted on 02/20/2010

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Hi..... thks for the feedback... appreciate it very much... Latest info about my daughter Arissa, she just undergo MRI last Thursday and according to the doctor its nothing wrong with her brain. Recently a few new word came out from her mouth like stop, close, go, toilet and dirty. I wish there will be more word coming out.

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My daughter is 3 and is not talking, so I feel your pain. The local school system should do an IEP on your child, your child may be able to get into preschool or go to school 5 days a week so they can work with the child everyday. My child is also going to Kennedy Krieger institute for speech and language. Be aggressive in helping your child, the early years are very important. Public schools are there to help.

Alyson - posted on 01/30/2010

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my daugher was diagnosed with cp from birth and they told me she would never walk or talk, she is doing fantastic, some kids need there own time, don't worry momma just know that god has blessed you with only what you can handle and all she needs is love and she will get there

Lisa - posted on 01/30/2010

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My son is going to be three in about a month and he doesnt talk either. He has a global developmental delay disorder. We are through First Steps and four therapists see him currently. That ends when he turns three and then he starts preschool with the public school system and he will be in a special education class where therapists can help him there. You might want to check into having a speech therapist help her at school if thats possible. Hope this helps!! Take care!!

Dawn - posted on 01/30/2010

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Hi,
I want to add that even if your daughter appears to hear fine and/or passed a hearing test before, get her checked again!

My son tested with functional hearing when he was a baby. He always responded to sounds, especially music. Even if the noise was not very loud or in the other room, he would respond. He has a chromosome disorder, so when he didn't talk, everyone just assumed it was because of his delays. Then a new ENT specialist ordered a hearing test "just to see if anything's going on" while he was having a totally separate surgery. We found out that Conor is severely hearing impaired in both ears, but it is certain
frequencies (high-pitched and consonant sounds) that he can't hear. He hears low frequency sounds, vowels, and so forth just fine.

What I'm getting at is that we NEVER would have guessed that he had a hearing impairment, but the audiologist said he wouldn't be able to acquire speech without hearing aids, even if he didn't have any other developmental problems. He's 4 1/2 and got his hearing aids 3 months ago. He is already making new sounds and paying more attention to what we say. So we are very hopeful.

Good luck to you!

Kylie - posted on 01/29/2010

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hi there. my son is 6 and was only diagnosed as being borderline profoundly deaf on his 4th birthday. his speech was extremely limited and he tends to 'miss sounds.' i recommend a hearing test.. to rule hearing loss out. i learnt prior to finding out that speaking slightly higher pitched and directly to his face, keeping instructions simple and 1 at a time helped before we had seen australian hearing. the best of luck to u :)

Debra - posted on 01/29/2010

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Have you had her hearing checked. My Sierra has a hearing loss of 30% IIN EACH EAR AND DEPENDING ON WHICH SIDE YOUR ON SHE HAS TROUBLE HEARING THE SOFT SOUNDS ON ONE SIDE AND HARSH SOUNDS SO HAD A LOT OF TROUBLE LEARNING WORDS AFTER SHE GOT HER AIDS SHE IS DOING BETTER BUT STILL HAS TROUBLE WITH WORDS BECAUSE SHE ALSO HAS A PARTIAL PARALIZE OF HER LOWER LIP THAT IMPEDS HER FROM FORMING SOME WORDS PROPERLY YOU CAN NOT TELL THAT BY LOOKING AT HER.. sTART TEACHING HER SIGNS FOR THINGS SO SHE CAN GET HER POINT ACROSS AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO GUESS AT TIMES WHAT SHE NEEDS OR WANTS WE TEACH sIERRA TOTAL COMUNICATION AS WE DID MY ELDEST WHO WAS BORN DEAF AND IS NOW GROWN.

Karen - posted on 01/28/2010

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The school should be able to do testing on her and let you know what is wrong - or help you find someone who can tell you what is wrong. Her hearing should be check, eyesite and anything else that could keep her from talking. But do send her to school. This is where she will get the most help!

Gillian - posted on 01/27/2010

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Hi, I experienced the same problem with my son when he was that age and discovered that he had a hearing problem. Maybe have her ears checked.

Julie - posted on 01/27/2010

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Does your daughter have any developmental delays or is purely the speech? My son is 5 and does not talk at all, he is quite vocal and "sings" a lot, much like a young baby would. He has global developmental delay, so we think the reason for his lack of speech is that the understanding is not there yet, we don't have a formal diagnosis for him, so no-one can tell us whether he will definitely speak or not. He has speech therapy, but they are working on getting him to understand more than actually making him speak, which can be frustrating as I am longing for words to come! He has a communication aid to help him make choices and indicate what he wants. He started at a special school in September and since then his noises have become a lot more varied so I am hoping some words will pop out soon! At the moment he doesn't walk either and a lot of people have said that once he starts walking often the understanding and speech will follow - fingers crossed. I don't know whether any of this helps, but it's always good to know that someone else can understand what you are going through!! Stay strong! x

Gloria - posted on 01/26/2010

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Sorry, should have read the other replys first. I also have a daughter that is deaf, so that was my first thought. She is 26 and does not talk. She makes noise. I disagree with the one respondent that says speech therapy does not help the deaf. It does more than you can imagine for the deaf. Sore subject with me. The school said my daughter would not benefit from speech therapy cause she did not have enough hearing. It was a school for the deaf and very ASL. No voice. Before we were left with no other choice but to put her into the school for the deaf she had speech therapy and was learning to talk. She has no interest now. They need to learn young and continue. Total communication is the way to go, so they can adjust to the hearing world. Lip reading, speaking the best they can and using what, if any, residual hearing that they might have with hearing aids.

Nurulfitah - posted on 01/26/2010

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Thanks for your respond, appreciate it very much. FYI, she already went for hearing test and result is ok and she's not autism. I will try to seek second opinion from another doctor.

Julie - posted on 01/26/2010

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I know your pain in this matter first hand. My daughter is 8 and only said mom on Jan 10th this year. She has disibilities and I don't know if she would ever talk . Maybe you should have her screened through a dart program. They can assess her to see where she would benefit the help the best and help her to talk.. Some children will just take longer. Maybe look into a preschool that can work with her and see if there are any special programs that can help her. Speech is good but ask them what they think professionally if they should continue or not? I live in Pgh Pa and have many locations you can check out if it help you at all. Good luck and remember that no matter how she may communicate it is stressful but you have your daughter in front of you to love. Just keep talking to her, read to her, and don't talk for her all the time.

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Don't let this stop her from going to school. In fact, the school should help you a lot. They will have play based speech therapy and she will be in a language enriched environment. She really does need therapy and sometimes it does take a while. Beside speech therapy she should have a hearing test and maybe even see a developmental specialist. Go to your ped doctor and ask for referrals and help.



In the meantime, remember that just because she can't talk doesn't mean she can't understand. Talk to her face with simple sentences. Go to the library and find some children videos of sign language and learn some simple signs together. Mom, more, potty, please, thankyou, yes, No, Dad..... Use these as you speak to her.



It may take some time to get answers from the doctors and therapists. Hang in there.

Myra Belle - posted on 01/26/2010

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go to a specialist and have her check up... she might be deaf or have a problem in her tongue...

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Hello, have you had your daughter's hearing checked,she may be hard of hearing or deaf. My son is now 27 and deaf. If there are no other problems, this could be your answer. For speech therapy doesn't help the deaf. My grandson has a speech problem, his is... talks through his nose, very difficult to understand.
You did say the therapist didn't understand why either...so you need to recheck with your doctor and ask for specialist. Hope this helps and good luck.....don't give up!!

Cherish - posted on 01/25/2010

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What state are you in?
My youngest son has autism and is not 7.5.
He does not really speak either but has a device that "talks" for him.

Call Child find in your state to get a FREE evaluation,they will tell you where she is developmentally and find therapy/school for her.
It is all free

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