My daughter is not talking much! Any words are just approximations and are not clear to anyone but my husband or myself! The pediatrician is concerned, but she is our second child and I think she doesn't talk as much beacuse her three year old sister does it for her! Are any of you having similar issues??

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Kristen - posted on 01/17/2009

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Within the last week or so my daughter is trying to repeat and say more words!! I think thingd are coming along. My intutition tells me to just give her more time. Her motor skills seemed advanced for her age and size (she is the bottom 10% of the growth chart). I think I'll get a clearer picture by 18 Months!! Thank you to all for your input!!!!

Merry - posted on 01/17/2009

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My first dd was 2 when she said anything (before then it was hand signals---we didn't teach her signing, she just made them up and we figured it out.).  Then it was a clear sentence, Mama I'm hungrin.  I want a samwich.  WOW!!  This little lady (now 16 months) is really following the same pattern.  We read her really well too and I think that has a lot to do with it, that she doens't really have to say it, we already know what she needs.  So anway, not sure, but I am not worried with this one, although I have to say I was looking forward to her Mama and Daddying her way around.  Not so much!  She said a few words at about a year (fishy, monkey, kitty, puppy) but now not so much.  Best of luck.

Marissa - posted on 01/16/2009

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My 16 month old doesn't have any words and doesn't babble much. We had him evaluated by Early Intervention and his speech and language development is that of a typical 6-7 month old. He has 3 older brothers, ages 11 and 3 year old twins. As of now, he's starting to bite and screech out of frustration. If someone is concerned, get an evaluation.

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I am having the same problem.. My son is 16 months old and doesn't say very much. All he does is point and grunt.. His pediatrician is a little worried also and made an appt with a speech therapist, but we never received the appt. I know he can talk, he is just too lazy.. I am so in tune with his grunts, that I know exactly what he wants. He understands everything you say to him, he just knows he can get away without talking, so he doesn't bother trying. And also everytime he does try to say something his 3 year old sis cuts him off and gets the attentions on her.

Jamie - posted on 01/15/2009

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I have the same thing going on too.  My 3 year old is a big talker and she started talking very early.  My son (15 mons old) Started walking early, but has not started talking.  All he says is Da-da and Nana.  He occasionally will say mama, but other than that nothing.  I think he will, he just doesn't have to because his sister always knows what he wants or we just get it for him without him asking for anything.  Now if it goes on very much longer, then I might get a little concerned, but until then I think he is fine.

Leslie - posted on 01/15/2009

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I have the samething going on at home. My 4 year old does all the talking and that leaves my 15 month old speachless. Up until a week ago, all he could say was mama and sometimes dada. Now he says ball. I'm not concerned because he will talk in his own time (he was walking at 9 months).

Eva-Maria - posted on 01/14/2009

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My son doesn´t speak eighter. The only thing he says is "give" in finnish of course :) and I´m not worried. We have also a daughter and she is soon 4 years old and I think that because she speaks so much that our son "doesn´t have to speak". Same situation what someone else said before.



Of course it would be nice to hear him say mom or dad but in time he will say these things to us :)

Nicole - posted on 01/14/2009

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Well my son really does not say much neither, he is an only child. I think kid's are all different.I really don't think there is so much to worry about just yet .Are her other motor skills progressing? She will do it when she is good and ready.

Toni - posted on 01/14/2009

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i did with my neice and nephew....she wouldnt talk till now and she's going on 3 in april. you just got to let them grow on there own speed. i babysat a kid that didnt talk till he was 4...he just didnt want to yet....nothing wrong with them just repeat things to em thats what i did then they started talking on there own

Kristy - posted on 01/13/2009

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my son talks but only says like one word phrases. He is getting better but I think it just takes time. They will talk when they want to. Wait until she gets older and never stops talking. LOL!!

Nicole - posted on 01/13/2009

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It's interesting, because I think maybe we're having a related, but totally different issue with Trinity. She's just shy of 16 months and does only a very little bit of actual talking. She tries very hard but not much of what she says comes out too clearly. She's our first and only child, but we're living in a very large household with all adults. There are 6 adults, including my hubby and I, living in our house. I'm wondering if maybe all the "adult talk" is a little too much for Trinity to be absorbing and trying to mimic... 

Justine - posted on 01/13/2009

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I am mommy to 5 children. I am going through the same thing with Emma, 16 months. She is the baby and barely says anything. Compared to my other kids, she is behind, but they were all early talkers. I do know that the Emma's sisters that are 3 and 4 do alot of talking for her and I believe that is the reason why she doesn't talk to much.

Sari - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have five children and all of them were different ages to start their speak!  Anyway, this youngest is now 16 months and don't speak much, maybe 10-15 different words really meaning something. Then there is speak of books (she reads with kaa-koo- kii-words)  , and other 'her own' speak. And it's totally normal!!! Us in Finland are saying that child has to speak before getting 3 years! After that one usually contacting speak therapeut... so let time rule a little pit more.

Nicole - posted on 01/13/2009

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I'm studying anthropology at university, and in my most recent course I found quite an interesting bit of information with regard to language abilities in children:



"Until they are about 18 months to 2 years old, human children's larynxes are also situated high in the neck. Then the larynx begins to descend, ending up between the fourth and seventh neck vertebrae. How and why are still a mystery, but the change completely alters the way the child breathes, speaks, and swallows. Adult humans cannot separate breathing and swallowing, so they can suffocate when food lodges in an airway. However, an enlarged pharyngeal chamber above the vocal cords enables them to modify the sounds they emit in an infinite variety of ways, which is the key to human speech."          



From "People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Prehistory" By Brian M. Fagan. (More biographical information available if anyone is interested).



This has given me a lot of insight into where my daughter is at in her language development. She only says a few words correctly, consistently. My doctor isn't concerned at all because all babies develop at different rates, and bearing in mind this evolutionary fact, I'm not concerned either. My daughter was ahead in terms of walking - she was fully walking at 10 months. She's a little behind with her teeth, but has mostly caught up (she just cut her 7th). I agree with my daughter that every child is different, and he figures once she really gets going with her words, she'll be a little chatterbox!



I don't think there's any real concern here just yet. I think what Merrilee has said is also of utmost importance - Mother's intuition. If you're really concerned, maybe think about speech therapy, etc. For me, I know my daughter is developing just fine.



Good luck!





Amber - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son is almost 16 months now and his doctor is concerned also because he isn't talking yet. He talks but it's just babbling. She told me to wait until 18 months and if there is no improvement we'll look into resources to help. He is an only child and I'm not sure if it's normal.

Ashley - posted on 01/12/2009

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My son is talking but to anyone other than my boyfriend and I the words make little sense. My idea would to ask your son to find things like a favorite book, toy, ect. he may not have the full words but after alot of finding games my son picked the words up just fine.

Jessica - posted on 01/11/2009

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My daughter is only 2 days younger than yours and talks a ton, but refuses to walk.  I run a pre-school and have a full background in education.  So I can tell you from my experiences that you have nothing to worry about.  This is a totally normal situation.



Jess

Merrilee - posted on 01/11/2009

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Hey Kristen,

Are you concerned about it? I believe in mother's intuition quite a bit. :) Also, how well does your pediatrician know your daughters & family? My pediatrician knows my kids really well & understands our family. If she expressed concern, I would listen to her. However, if another doctor in the practice said something, I wouldn't respond the same way. KWIM?

It seems that at Toddler Group recently we discussed this topic. There was something about having 10 words, with most of them only being understandable by mom or dad.

If you don't have concerns... since you will probably see your pediatrician in 3 months, you might work with your daughter more. Encourage your older daughter to listen to what her baby sister has to say. I have 2 older daughters along with my 15-month old daughter. I have to remind the big sisters to let the baby have her turn to talk & respond.

This article from BabyCenter (http://www.babycenter.com/0_toddler-mile...) emphasizes that some words may only be sounds.

Good luck!

HTH.

Amy - posted on 01/11/2009

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I had a problem with my son. He is 3 and just started finally talking. He had a set of tubes put in his ears when he was one. Then they fell out and his ear were so full of fluid by the time he was three that he needed a second set done. Now he is going to speech (preschool) and we understand him so much better. If they have not looked in to that I would suggest having that looked at. My son was not in any pain with the fluid in his ears. So I had know clue that was the problem. I am glad that we finally figured it out and now it is hard to keep him quiet! LOL

Angela - posted on 01/11/2009

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My pediatrician is concerned with my son also however, he is an only child and she just told us to keep working with him and he will be fine. We have been pointing things out and trying to get him to say them and he does but you really have to listen to what he is saying. He is starting to try to say things a little more instead of babble so I really think they just do it on there on time.

Nikki - posted on 01/10/2009

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Hi! I'm not personally having this problem with my daughter, but my sister had the same problem with her youngest son. My nephews are 4 years apart and the older one always talked for the younger one. It was so bad that the youngest pretty much just grunted when he wanted something. Finally my sister had to get on my oldest nephew and try to explain to him that he needed to let his brother talk for himself. My nephew ended up having to go to speech class once he started kindergarten. He's now in second grade and is no longer in speech class, so he has done really well. Good luck!

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