Jo - posted on 11/27/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )
My problem is that Gabe won't repeat what I say and won't say what he wants. He turned 2, Oct 31. He does talk, but he's only really starting to string words together.
When he wants something, he usually whines for it, or has his own 'word' for it. Like if he's hungry he says "yummy yummy" and goes to the fridge. If he's thirsty he goes to the sink or brings me his cup. If I don't get to it fast enough though, he whines like crazy.
I'm really trying to get him to use his words but he just does not repeat me at all. He stares at me like I am talking in Japanese and then continues the whining or fussing for what he wants.
Since I'm with him 24/7, I generally know what he wants and when he wants something, although I've always talked to him while he's asking for it and when I'm getting it. For example, if he says "yummy yummy" I will say "do you want something to eat?" or "what would you like to eat?" He will go to the fridge and he'll point to what he wants and I'll then say whatever it is he's pointing too. Or I will ask him if he wants a banana, apple or sandwich, he will usually point to it and won't actually say what he wants.
I read to him, I try to sound out words with him, I try to get him to repeat me or even just try to say words but he usually ignores me lol I know he can talk, he does, when he wants too. His doctors and the speech therapist at my doctors office all say he's fine and there's no reason for him to not be talking, he's just going at his own pace (which I accept and I'm fine with).
I wish I could figure out a way to get him to stop with the whining, and start asking with the words I know that he knows. He knows fruits by name, apple, banana, orange, mango, grape, berry, etc etc etc. He says "mammit" for sandwich (he has difficulties with the s & ch sounds). I know he knows drink, "jube" for juice, milk, water... I know he does know the words, so I'm really trying to get him to use them.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get him into saying the words rather than the whining? Talking and asking him and trying to get him to repeat me isn't working so well.. (not saying I'm going to stop doing that lol I'll keep doing that too) I'm just hoping you all might have some games or ways to get him more involved in saying what he wants! Please and thank you for any advice you have :)