Where are your kids in the language department?

Jeannie - posted on 11/10/2008 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old son has an older sister that talks nonstop. While he seems rather intelligent and understands the things we say to him, he refuses to talk. I think he has about 10-12 words and 3-4 signs. Most of his sounds wouldn't make sense to anyone else. I know I can't compare my children (my daughter knew her abc's by now and conversed quite freely), and that boys are typically slower, but are any of yours struggling in this area still?

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Rachel - posted on 11/26/2009

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I have exactly the same problem. My son, obviously just turned 3 says very little words and I originally put it down to his 6 year brother and myself knowing what he wants - he does many signs he made up himself which are understandable and very clever indeed. He can understand many instructions and the language but seems very hesitant on using the verbal language himself. With mentioning this matter with my doctor it was apparant that he actually had glue ear in both ears and his hearing was bad, so has had the op about 2 months ago. Now just awaiting and hoping for an improvement. I must admit that he is a much happier child since the op but very slow progress on the verbal side. I would suggest you speak to your health visitor/doctor to check his hearing as it took 8 months from first check to op, which is a long time - I wish I had done this earlier. Obvoiusly every child and their development is different but thought it wise to tell you our story. Good luck x

Michelle - posted on 07/03/2009

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I am lucky that all of my boys have been great talkers but the older they get the less I can get them to be quiet. I am glad that you figured out your son's delay and are getting it taken care of. Good luck to you.

Jeannie - posted on 06/03/2009

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UPDATE: We did have my son assessed and he showed a 1/3 delay in speech, so he qualified for free in-home therapy. Since they did a full assessment, we were delighted to discover that he was months ahead of average in his comprehension and motor skills. He is obviously intelligent, just slow to form words. In the last month he has shown dramatic improvement. I can no longer count the words he knows since he'll repeat nearly everything. He's also learning colors and can count to 5 independently, 10 with help.

Some of it may be due to the therapy (the therapist has given ME more tools than actually working with HIM), but I think he just finally turned that corner and was ready! Thanks for all your input and advice. I hope your 2-and-a-half-year-olds are as much of a joy as mine!

Jacqueline - posted on 04/28/2009

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i am lucky my son is quite the chatterbox at 2 and a half - he repeats everything and from just over a year old was saying small sentences. They are all different. He has a great numerical concept and seems to enjoy learning new things.

Michelle - posted on 04/28/2009

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my son seems to be like your daughter...but i would have his hearing tested. at the doctor for my 2 year old's well child visit they said he should know a few hundred words.

Laura - posted on 04/03/2009

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i know my daughter is advanced for her age in the language section and at her 2 yrs assesment she was taking some of the tests for the 3 year assesment. she didnt quite acheieve some of them but was showing understanding of them.

she knows and recognises animals, could sing her abc's and count to 10 at 20 months, and has a language range of arround 80 words if not more. dora and other telly programmes when watched with yourself, reading to, and generally having normal adult converstaions with her are what i have done, but it is very much an individual child thing. if you are concerned, ask, if your not, then let the child develop themselves.



my son couldnt roll over till he was 9 months or walk till he was 16 months, he is now fine and average for his age. (5)

Casey - posted on 03/21/2009

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I had 2 boys, one who is 8 now and a 2 year old. Neither spoke like other kids their age that I would see. He says about the same amount of words as your son and does sign language but no sentences. I know what he's saying but no one else does. But I am a SAHM and I am aroundd him 24-7. He tries to say alot of things it all just doesnt come out. I'm hoping he follows what my other son did and when he was approaching almost 3, he started to speak and then never was quiet again. Dont sweat it. He's fine, he'll do it when he wants to. One thing I try and do is get him to ask for something eveif you know exactly what he wants. He now started saying cup, cheese, milk, rock. He's getting there and so will your son. I do sometimes feel like a bad parent when around others bc he doesnt speak like most 2 year olds. He can put puzzles together, draw, paint, sign, so I know he's intelligent. He's even slow with the potty training. My other son was potty trained by now. Owen is just slower than the first. And your right, all kids are different. But if your worried aboput it, take him a speech therapist. Just see what he says. Ya know, I actually had a doctor telling me to have Owen tested for autism bc he doesnt speak properly yet. I was offended actually. I dont believe thats the case.

Beth - posted on 03/03/2009

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My daughter (November 20, 2006) never shuts up!!! She describes everything, she talks to herself when she is playing in her room. There are many times I have to go and look in her room to make sure she is still by herself!

With all that being said, I am a Child Development Specialist, working under a Prevention Initiative Grant (birth to three), and language develops at a different rate in all children. If you are truly concerned with your child's language development, ask your pediatrician to recommend somewhere to take him/her for a screening. Parent Educators will screen your child to determine if they are developmentally on track. Depending on what state you are in you can receive these services for free.

Amy - posted on 02/22/2009

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I would bring it up with your pediatrician if you are worried.



I was worried about our son, Kyan, because he didn't have any words at 24 months. We took him to be evaluated by a speech therapist and it turns out it was a signifcant delay. He is being diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech which is a disorder in which the brain knows what it wants to say but is unable to get the mouth to create those words. Kyan is at a 6-9 month expressive language level (what he says) with "yeah" and "bye-bye" his only words and about 68 signs while at a 32 month receptive language (what he understands).



I am telling you this not because I think your son has a lnaguage delay but rather to let you know that there is nothing wrong with questioning it and bringing it up with his doc. I just KNEW there was something wrong with Kyan's language deveolpment but everyone just told me..."Oh, his older brother does the talking for him" or "Einstein didn't talk until 5". It wasn't until i listened to that voice inside my head that we actually got him the help he needs.



I hope that helps at least a little bit!



 



Here is a chart from the Cherab organization that might help as well.



http://www.cherab.org/information/speech...





























18 to 24
months
Toddlers put two or more words together to make short sentences like "want juice" or "car go." Toddlers learn new words quickly. They can copy adult sounds, words, and motions. Toddlers ask and answer simple questions. They can use crayons and markers for scribbling. If your 20-month-old cannot follow simple request, such as, "Come to Daddy." If your 24-month-old does not use two words together.
24 to 36
months
Older toddlers listen to stories being read. They like to play pretend games. They love asking "why" questions. They use "no" and "not" a lot. Toddlers enjoy looking at picture books, turning pages, and naming objects they see. Their scribbling is becoming more like writing.

If your 2-year-old does not ask questions or respond to simple questions with "yes" or "no."



Melanie - posted on 02/04/2009

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My 2 year old is bilingual (her dad is Italian) and chatters easily in both languages. She had a vocabulary of about 50 words in each language by 18 months old (I made a list as we were so surprised - everyone told us she would be late talking since she had to learn two languages, but she proved them all wrong!). However she was quite late with crawling and walking - babies can only concentrate on one thing at a time and I've noticed that lots of early movers are late talkers.

Jessica - posted on 02/01/2009

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my son is good in the speaking department its the attitude behind the words that worry me...when he wants a lollipop he shouldn't have he whispers or when he knows the answer will be no he repeats the word phrase sentence over and over...terribly smart 2 year old.



no worries however my nephew just didn't want to speak, sometimes its the noise in the house or his mom just understood him from the grunts and gestures...wait it out

Stacy - posted on 01/28/2009

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My two year old talkes very well. He talks better than his brother whos almost four. Well I found out that my almost four year old has a speech problem and he studders. So now I have him in Speech class. And some kids just let there silibings talk for them. I had to stop my daughter from doing that with my four year old so that he can learn how to speak for himself. My daughter and I are the only ones that understand my four year old. He is getting much better sence he is in speech.

Tricia - posted on 01/02/2009

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My daughter Madeline has an older brother who was very ahead for his age. He knew his ABC's and 1-10 and shapes by the time he was two. Madeline however is content to just babble and pick up a word at a time here and there. She is very good at certain phrases and words that she hears over and over again, yet still quite behind where her brother was at this age. Each child is different as is their personalities. My son picks up things very quickly, grabs books for us to read to him and always wants to know more. My daughter is content to go where the wind blows or where she wants to go and not let anything like reading a book stop her.

Kerry - posted on 11/15/2008

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My son Joshua is absolutely fantastic withhis talking he knows 30 words plus and can string 3 -4 words together. I work full time 9 - 5:30 but my hubby works til 2pm eachday he looks after Joshua every day and every day I come home he has learnt something new. He is starting pre school dec 1st as I think he needs that extra stimulation to stop him from being bored.

Anna-Faith - posted on 11/12/2008

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My daughter Adeline seems to be a little on the slow side with about 15 real words and a lot of words that are nonsense but she uses repeatedly. I would encourage you not to worry if you feel his understanding is there and you see progress, albeit slight. It will come.. lots of praise today to Adeline when she said her first real 2 syllable word: apple. I talked to a mom of twins last week where the one girl is very verbal so the other one is laid back in that area, content to let her sister do all the talking.

Kimberlee - posted on 11/11/2008

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I've also wondered where my son should be at 2 yrs old. He has a very large vocabulary but I know plenty of kids his age who only have a few words. I do know one thing, reading to him has definitely helped out a lot!

Rhiannon - posted on 11/10/2008

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My daughter can only say mom dada and my personal favorite NONONO. She is however a very clear communicator she will take hold of you hand and put it where she wants like on the door knob of on her blocks and such, if you do nothing with you hand she starts to manipulate you fingers to start the action she wants it fun watch her thought process. Also one of the thing you said stood out. you said he has sound that wouldn't make sense to anyone else, but if they make sense to you then he is communicating in a meaning full manner.

I know my girl is slow to talk but I also have an older son who took till he was 3 and a bit, so I can wait.

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