late talker

Jill - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 56 moms have responded )

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Hi Moms!
I just had my 18 month visit with our ped. My guy is doing great, a bit small for his age (15% weight) (50%) height. One of our concerns was his talking (or lack thereof!) He makes some animal sounds, but doesn't really open his mouth. More like grunting and growling under his breath. He says "mama" in desperation and has said a few other words. Where are your babies at?

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Come to think of it my son does many different car motor sounds to go along with his animal sounds (he loves to roar like dinosaurs too). But mostly his words are signed and what words he does say are not very clear. I'm not too worried because he demonstrates he can hear and understand what I want him to do.
And Joelle is exactly right! There is no worry or anything wrong with needing early intervention and a speech therapist. I believe the younger speech challenges are caught the easier it is to help the child (depending on what the cause is).

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Alyssa - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son is in developmental and speech therapy. He says mama but not directed towards me. He doesn't point, let me know he wants something...he doesn't even know if someone says where's mommy, to look at me. Same with my husband. All children are different. My 6 year old spoke VERY late as well, but speaks like an adult and always has. I wouldn't worry too much. Enjoy the quiet while you can

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Danielle - posted on 02/21/2012

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Hi Jill! My son is a late walker AND talker. He taunted us for months with walking (he was cruising like a pro, but no walking on his own) and I am afraid he's going to do the same with talking. He makes noises and puts syllables together, but not in real words.



He's going to be 2 in less than 2 weeks.



I was beyond worried with his walking, but this time, with his talking, I decided to take a chill pill. We absolutely LOVE the way he is: calm, concentrated on his books 20 minutes at a time analyzing every picture, reserved with strangers, but not afraid at all...he seems "mature" and yet playful at the same time. We feel like we need to protect his sweet and unalterated nature.



By the way, two details that I think are important. Our son does not go to daycare, does not spend a lot of time with other kids (only sometimes) and does NOT watch TV at all. But we talk to him plenty, reading to him, singing to him and everything.



So, this is my experience! :-)



All the best with your little one!

Josmarie - posted on 03/31/2010

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Issac is also 18 months and he says very little: spongebob, mama, daddy, etc but mostly he points and grunts I have tried everything I talk to him like a big kid we read and sing. I can tell he understands me, its like he cant get the hang of it yet. There is family history of late talking on his daddies side and I read that boys are more likely to talk later but still I get so anxious and I know he does too.

Cassandra - posted on 03/30/2010

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Honey, it is not a good thing to compare. For example, my 3 year old was saying complete sentences at 16 months. Whereas my 18 month old maybe says 10 words. He will come into his own, don't fret it will be okay.

Melissa - posted on 03/30/2010

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Ok without comparing. My daughter does the growling which she gets introuble for because it's normally when we tell her to stop. Does he watch a lot of tv? If so turn it off and just start talking to him. If he even makes noises try saying oh is that the case? That sounds great. When we lived with my daughter's paternal grandparents she always watched tv (when I had her it was Disney or Elmo when I was doing school or at work it was trash like Jerry Springer) but when we moved we talk to her more. She has stolen my boyfriends game controller and beaten a level she talks more and she's actually learned more. She actually starts yelling at me to either turn off the radio or change the stations. It's not what she says but how she acts.

Krystal - posted on 03/30/2010

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Hi Jill, dont freak out. I too was freaking, and this one talks a mile a minute in another language, or DID :(

We got his shots for 12 mnths done late at 17 months... and after the four shots, two in each arm, he was never the same, hasnt been since. The incredible "talking" in his own language, eye contact, physical contact, bussiness, always playing curious engaged etc.... NEVER sitting still...went away. Its been almost two months, and he doesnt talk anymore. No mamas, no dadas, no his own language, he lays around on the hardwood floor staring at the ceiling and always when walking or sitting suddenly is tilting his head backwards looking at ceiling tiles or lights and humming and rocking...
Dont worry about your guy NOT talking..worry if he does then stops! Its totally normal for all babies to go at their own pace. If they are in a very comfortable environment, they wont talk, others often talk for them and allow them to make no efforts. Older siblings, involved family/parents etc....
If baby gets into some program with other kids, free StrongStart (mom and tot), in your community, or something you pay for, suddenly they start speaking a mile a minute because their Peers are! :) dont worry yet.... hes ok! :)

I have an appointment next week with a behavioural consultant... I fear our baby may have SUDDENLY developed autism after his immunizations... or something else... being a parent is so stressful sometimes isnt it? All in all , we are probably lucky though... if these are our main concerns, or so I try to tell myself :)
xo
K.

Jennifer - posted on 03/29/2010

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Both of my daughters were late talkers. My 3 yr old was saying about 10 words after 2 yrs. old. She saw a speech therapist through First Steps and I highly recommend it. She was talking in sentences within 3 months and stopped the therapy early. My ped called it "selective mutism??" My second daughter is now 18 months and has only said Mama, Dada, and Baba. In the past 2 weeks, she has jumped leaps and bounds. She has been in First Steps too. She just started seeing a speech therapist. I have been through the worrying and know it is hard to hear ..." each child develops at a different rate..." but I am starting to believe it after the second one!!

Michelle - posted on 03/27/2010

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After reading these posts it sounds like my son is similar to many of the other kiddos. He can understand a LOT and follow directions but only says a handful of words. It seems like he'll learn one and then only say it occasionally after that. But he "talks" (in his own language) a lot so I figure he's just getting there at his own pace. I took him in for an ear infection a little while ago and brought up this very subject. The pediatrician said not to worry about it until he's 2 at least. Boys tend to hit physical milestones faster but language ones slower. So I'd let it ride for a while yet. Enjoy not having to deal with any sassing and chatterbox-ing just yet! ;-)

Ashley - posted on 03/27/2010

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My 18 month old has only said around 3-5 words. I wouldn't really worry about it, just keep teaching him new words. Just hang in there.

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Mine can say Boppa (what we call grandads in our family - dont ask), Daddy, and a version of "Thank-you" which sounds more like "ta-da" but he only says it when he's given something so I know he's trying to say Thankyou. That's...about....it. Still doesn't say mummy. Does lots of bla bla bla noises though. Mam, Ga, Ba etc Says "Boo" when doing peekaboo.

Not a huge amount. I wouldn't worry too much. They develop at their own speed. It'll come when it's ready :D

Barb - posted on 03/26/2010

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Well, mine doesnt have that problem, he actually says about 40 different words - he's a talker, but he's not as good at other stuff - we're still working on eating with a spoon. My mom told me that she knew a couple (who were actually doctors themselves) who had a son who didn't say a single word until he was about 2 1/2 and then, suddenly, one day he started speaking in full adult sentences. Very smart little one, and apparently he didn't want to talk until he got everything right!! So don't worry about it, my ped says they should just have at least 4 words at this age. :)

Ruthie - posted on 03/26/2010

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my son has his 18 month check up this coming week. he does not talk much, but when he does it seems I'm not there! so sad for me! I had made sure to advise anyone who has him in their care if he EVER says anything to let me know. just last week he said up down stairs and go, all at one time when I wasn't there! he is always saying door now, (he's obssesed with doors) and can say mama and maybe 3 other words.



Oh, and some of you said your son daughter weight is a bit low I certainly don't have that problem. my son is about 95% on weight and 80% on height Again his appointment is this week so I'll know exactly where we are at.

Lakey - posted on 03/26/2010

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All kids are different. We had a friend whose son wasn't talking and they found out he was "tongue-tied". Once they snipped the skin under his tongue he started talking up a storm. Our daughter talks a lot, but some days it is real words and you can understand everything clear as a bell and some days she talks in her own language and I have no clue what she is saying. I tired sign language with her, but since she is in daycare all day it was hard because they didn't reinforce what I was teaching her. I bought the "Sign Language for Dummies" book and it was real easy. They only thing that they say you have to do in order to be successful is that you have to be consistent all the time. You can't do it sometimes and not do it other times so get everyone around him on board.

Heather - posted on 03/26/2010

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My 18 month old nellie is a late talker, too. she's brilliant, though. can do "advanced" art work --- hee hee. she gets googy eyes on the glue dots! Anyway, she understands and is finally starting to try to say words. I heard, walk at 1, talk at 2... don't worry, it's way to early to worry and way to early to think about "doing something" unless you want to teach signing, that was a good idea.

Paula - posted on 03/25/2010

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we had our 18month check up doctors say she is concerned about her weight she is in the 2% for weight and 8% for height...doctor told me to give her milkshakes, she looks chubby as it is...people think she is heavier then she is, also made me feel bad becasue i still breast feed only at night just stop the morning feeding 2 days ago, is anyone else still breastfeeding? she was shocked that i still did.

Stacey - posted on 03/25/2010

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My 18 month old is not talking yet either. He had tubes put in his ears at 11 months and the ENT said when boys have that done they tend to be late talkers. He suggested to have his hearing tested just to make sure and he passed that with flying colors. On all other fronts he was advanced, sat up on own by 4 months, walked at 8 months, wanted solid food only by seven months. Told my husband that this is the only developmental thing he is lagging on. I am giving him a couple of more months and then we will talk to the pediatrician. My other 2 children were early talkers so I was expecting the same from him.

Stephanie - posted on 03/24/2010

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Starting to say a few words....not sure anyone understands her besides me. I wouldn't worry too much just yet, they all develope a little differently. Mine's an only child and when I see another child the same age talking better I start to worry, until I see the older sibling. Hang in there!! before long they'll be talking OUR ears off!!!

Alicia - posted on 03/24/2010

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My 18 month old doesn't really say much either... And he definitely growls a lot too. I'm not concerned yet though. I'm assuming he will talk when he's ready and his doctor didn't seem concerned at all.

Alfisyahr - posted on 03/24/2010

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my daughter imitates adult's talking a lot.more to repetition of what we says.but she can understand the meaning of the words she says.when she read a book she can name the characters in the book.but i think she refuses to say mom n dad as i heard it for only a few times.she said it clear n fluent but when i asked her to say again she just keep quiet..

Nicole - posted on 03/23/2010

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Dana, I like "Baby Signs" book&DVD, or Baby Einstein has one with MArlee Matlin, and "Signing Time" videos (I don't have these yet) but are all fun for baby.(and you). Also I heard there's "KinderMusik" classes that do singing/play/sign classes I'd love to do but are kind of pricey. You can look them up on the internet to see where one is near you.

Wendy - posted on 03/23/2010

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I know it is so hard to not worry, but try not to! My daughter can say anything she wants to, and she is saying four/five word sentences at times. This is surprising to me because my son (that is only 15 months older than her) was only saying maybe 6-10 words at this age (he would do all the animals sounds like your son, too), but he was so focused on his mobile skills and excelled greatly in that area. I was very concerned with his lack of language and even took him to a speech pathologist to be evaluated at 25 months. At about 26/27 months he decided he wanted to start talking in complete full sentences, and hasn't stopped since! It is amazing the difference in my boy and girl! When my son never stops talking there are many times my husband will look at me and say, aren't you so glad you were so worried that he wasn't going to talk. ha!

April - posted on 03/23/2010

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I've been told umpteenth times that boys are generally late talkers & walkers. My Abraham walked at 12 months and is pretty much running everywhere now. As for talking, he has so far only said "mama", "papa", "bird bird", "dog dog" & "cat cat". He babbles in his baby language the rest of the times or points when he wants something. But he seems to understand most of what we tell him. Recently, he is mama's great little helper; puttng away his shoes neatly in the shoe cabinet, throwing his soiled diapers into the bin etc. So, I am sure he'll talk when he is ready. In fact, some 'jaded' parents told me wryly that when he does, I may sometimes wish he'll keep quiet, LOL.

Jennie - posted on 03/23/2010

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My son is also 18 months and a late talker. He only says "mama" and pretty much just babbles with no real words. My son had tubes put into his ears at 10 months old because of fluid in the ears. My pediatrcian suggested he see an ENT to have a hearing test and re-evaluation. I have a 4 year old who went through the very same thing and is currently in speech therapy and doing well. I wouldn't get too upset. My advice is to have a hearing test done and if that's not the problem the school district's in your area can provide excellent speech therapy to help your son.

KELLY - posted on 03/23/2010

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My Emma Grace is 19 months and mubbles all the time we can't understand a word she says. She says momma, dadda, huh, oh, no, mere for come here. She understands what we tell her though. She was born with a Cleft Palate and had to have surgery on her 1st birthday so I thought this may set her back some. I wouldnt worry too much. Some are just a little slower but when they get the hang of it they will not stop. big difference between Emma and my oldest Hannah. Hannah is 9yrs now but when she was little she started to talk at 15months. She would not shut up.

Kirsty - posted on 03/23/2010

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My 18month old has mastered 3 words! Mama (for mummy) Daddad (Grandad) and Car!
other than that he communicates fully with grunts and gestures! and understands pretty much everything i ask of him! from what youve written they are probably at a similar stage! (only my little monster is rather huge for his age! lol)
I really wouldnt worry about how much he is saying now! as every child is different! my eldest at this age still hadnt uttered a word and barely had a few to say at 2 and a half! he is now 3 yrs 3months and i cant get him to shut up!!
some take longer than others, some learn over a short period of time and gradually progress, and others, like my eldest, go from nought to none-stop in just a few months! i would only start to worry if he wasnt hearing you, like you cant get his attention by saying his name! (it might take a few calls if hes distracted say with the tele) but if you have to shout or get eye contact then he may have hearing issues! which can easily be checked thses days! with a quick and harmless test.
how well does he understand you? does he know what you mean by words such as 'food' 'lunch' 'milk' 'nappy change' or 'car'
if hes not talking in a years time, you may be refered to a speech therapist, but everychild is unique! and he will learn to speak in his own time! all you can do is make sure you are talking to him frequently and encourage him! :)
all the best xx

Heather - posted on 03/23/2010

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A friend's child was showing the same symptoms. It turned out to be something abnormal under the tongue (I can't remember clearly, but it had something to do with the skin.) She had a minor surgery and learned to talk, almost immediately afterward.

Sarah - posted on 03/22/2010

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Nickelle: In a truly bilingual household it's typical for kids to talk later because, in a way, they're learning each word twice. Although it takes longer to get them talking initially, this is definitely the best way to learn two languages!

Nickelle - posted on 03/22/2010

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Does anyone else have this problem in a bi-lingual household? I am raising my daughter in a Greek/English speaking household and am thinking that is why she has a small vocabulary... she seems to understand questions in both languages though and will shake her head in a response or points.

Sonia - posted on 03/22/2010

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Dont worry my son Jacob also not talking much. His doctor said as long he understand you when you tell him to do something you shouldn't worry. For example i tell jacob to get his shoes,turn off the tv and sit down he does it.

Sarah - posted on 03/22/2010

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My son doesn't talk much (he uses a few words and makes animal sounds), but is very effective at communicating with gestures and other sounds. I've started narrating what we're doing more and forcing him to sit and read books with me (he usually just prefers to eat them). As long as your guy is communicating with you, don't fret, it will come!

Angie - posted on 03/22/2010

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Hi! My son turned 18 months yesterday. He has not been quick to talk. He now says mama, dada, bye-bye, hi and makes a lot of sounds that could be words.Those words have only been within the last 2 months or so. My dr told me to put him in therapy at his year checkup... but we decided to raise our child ourselves... not medicine. My thoughts are, they tell you every child is different but then set guidelines up within 3 month tiers. That does not make sense to me. My husband says... I don't know anyone that does not talk.So, we decided not to worry about it and just enjoy him. :)

Mel - posted on 03/22/2010

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my 18 month isnt talking either they dont worry till about the age of two but my health visitor said that because she has understanding of things like if i ask her to get her shoes etc she will do it or she will point at what she wants!! all children are different but know what you mean iam a nursery nurse and still worry for chloe!!!! they will be ok in the end!!! when i was a child i was sent to a speech therapists but they were happy i was ok cause i was making sounds they told my mum when i did start talking i wouldnt shut up and its true!!!!!!!!!!lol

Debbie - posted on 03/22/2010

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My First Born talked at a very early age but now Alex is just tring to say words like food ,milk and ofcourse the two prettiest word Mummy and DAddy she tries to say many words actaully .However take your time some of our babies are late bloomers he will surely get there keep loving and smilling wait for questions !!!!!!!!!!

Anele - posted on 03/21/2010

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My son has just turned 18 months also. He is 50th percentile for weight and 75th for height. But he is a late talker too. If i ask where his tongue is he sticks it out, ears he points to his ear, what does a lion say he roars... but he doesn't say words like ball, outside, juice which i guess he should be saying by now. He does say DADDY when daddy comes home... and he says OUCH, but i dont think he knows what it is i think he just likes saying it LOL. There are a few words he'll say if I say them first, like tete - for paci.(we primarily speak spanish at home , but he does get english AND spanish and we are thinking this may be why he doesn't say too much right now) he def understands tho. At our 18 mo checkup the dr said to just work w/ him as far as kinda making him work for things... like at meal time as if he wants more and try a few times to get him to say it... obviously dont torture the kid, but my dr makes a good point that mommies know what their kids want so we tend to just do it for them or give it to them.. if they dont feel the NEED to talk they are not going to. So that's something we have been working on. He gets frustrated sometimes but has been better at saying "MAS" - more in spanish - but he says it like MAAAAAA .... or AAAAAA... but he's trying. He also does repeat random words that people say like.... HEY!.... but it's cause he feels like it... if I tell him to say HEY... he wont LOL I wouldn't worry too much. Jut try to work w/ him - try not to give in right away. try to get him to feel like he NEEDS to talk. Every child is different. I'm sure in a couple months our posts will be about how to get them to keep quiet :) All will be well : )

Barbara - posted on 03/21/2010

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I just took my son for his 18 month appt too. And I also have a concern for him. He says mama and calls my mom nana. He imitates alright and I love you. He says what I think is bye bye but not sure. The doc wants to refer him to a speech therapist but I think I'm going to wait a little while longer. I know he can hear very well, he just doesn't listen! lol! His coordination is wonderful he just isn't verbalizing. Worse yet, because he's not talking he likes to screech when he sees something he wants! Like one of the other moms said, I'm just going to let him be a baby for a little while longer because I'm sure, if he's anything like me, he'll never shut up once he starts!!!!

Betsy - posted on 03/21/2010

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My little girl is not saying a whole lot, she does mom, dada, bye, hi no animal sounds. We got her evaluated through an early intervention program and she qualified for some therapy hopefully she will be starting it soon. I would check on an early intervention program in your area.

Mel - posted on 03/21/2010

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Wow, he sounds like my daughter too..she wont speak as well, like maybe five words. But she understands almost everything we say, and learns knew directions pretty fast, Like please put that in the garbage, or is it bathtime?? She does all the animal sounds as well. The little boy I babysit for who is 4 days younger is a parrot and says everything you ask him too, but he also babbles way more than lily and started that earlier so I guess its just each babies own personality. My older kids talked alot sooner but I think now that is because when they were babies I worked and they were in daycare and competing alot more for the attention of the caregivers. I dont know for sure if thats why, but seems like a likely culprit. As moms we tend to know what our kids want and need and they know that, so if they dont really need to talk. I was worried to at first, but I did alot of my own research and now I am feeling a bit better about it. Also one of the mom's suggested sign language, and I have done that a little bit with my daughter and she picked it up faster than me!!! So I "know" that if she can understand and learn that as well as follow simple directions chances are its not a big deal. So try to worry!!! Hes prob just fine!! :)

Catherine - posted on 03/20/2010

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My little girl is about the same way, she barely says mama, dada and i hear something that sounds like Thank you but really nothing else. She babbles alot , understands commands and can hear perfectly well. I talked to her doctor and she has us going to see a speech therapist next week as precaution. I am hoping soon she will start saying something. I try over and over to tell her a word but she won't ever repeat it, just stares at me like I am nuts.

Mckinsie - posted on 03/20/2010

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my daughter is 18 months and she hardly talks at all. she says dog & hi& daddy but rarely ever says anything else. she use to say kitty and she once said her name but other than that she never talks. she does the whole gibberish i guess you would say talking. I've thought about taking her to a speech therapist just to see if she is fine. she hears fine, she follows instructions well and she's healthy as can be in the 90% range of being very tall. but i worry everyday that she doesnt talk

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My son just had his 18 month check up too, and doesn't talk much either. He says Mama and Dada. He won't say many other words, if he wants juice he just makes a sounds "jjccc" and has his own sort of sign language so I understand most of what he needs. This is weird to me, since my now 3 year old said everything by 12 months. But it just goes to prove everybody learns at their own pace. I think since he doesn't really NEED to talk, we figure out what he needs by his pointing or what ever, he doesn't. (also he is tiny compared to my older son, he is in the 20%, whereas my oldest has always been above 80%).

Nikki - posted on 03/20/2010

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My little man was a bit of a late blossom-er when it came to talking too, in fact only in the last month he has gone from a vocab of about 15 words maximum, to copying (although not fully understanding!) everything that is heard -unfortunately, that includes some not-so-baby friendly words (Note to self, don't pop on an episode of Hell's Kitchen around an 18 month old ever again!)
In one short month he's gone from a few simple nouns to very short two words utterances...which is a big step for him! Such as "Where's that" (although sounds more like a Wherez att!) Oh no! Oh Wow, and my personal fav "Hey dad" or Hey mum!"

I wouldn't worry, he might surprise you. In the next few days/weeks he could start chatting up a storm!

Brandy - posted on 03/20/2010

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Sounds just like my son. He is 18 mos and says mama daddy and his sisters name and that is it. He is trying to talk, but the words are intelligeable. He does follow directions, like get your juice and he does, so I know he understands. He has the readiness cues like your son (grunts), so he is right on track. Don't worry they all develop at a different time. My dd was having conversations by 15mos. Everyone is different.

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How can I start to teach my daughter sign language? I don't know sign language but would love to learn......is there some way I can help us both learn at home?

Danielle - posted on 03/20/2010

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this is like reading my own posts!!! my sons exactly same but dont say mommy or daddy or dog or cat!! he says tar whats that look at that! my sons small in 9th percentile 21lb he dont eat a lot!! but my sons is so clever at everything but talking his ears are fine! if i say put t back he does, wheres ur cars or pen ect wheres the doggy cat ect he points! we comunicate fine so i think thats y he dont talk much as he dont have to!! does ur son point a lot?? and do u fetch and give him whatever he points at! my health visitor says because i pander to him! if he points i fetch y would he need to say bottle or food because i give it him straight away! if he point at toys or lollys in shops i get them for him! so we communicate thru gestures so y would he need to say lolly or doggy or book ect when i give them him at a point!! ur son sound perfect! ur just a good mum who is his world and gives in at a glance!! im exactly the same!! im trying to help by saying what do u want the book?? he just points and babbles and i give in else he screams for it!! he will develop at his own pace!! all my friends with girls are so advanced!! and some people do exadurate to make there children smarter!! my frinds reckons her boy says 100 word yet when i saw her at park she wasnt saying a word!! dont compare! and if you do lie!! my sons just in bed doing a crossword and writing auto biography!! whats urs doing!! ooo saying doggyy!! sweet!! lol!! that will get them of ur back!! xx

Crystal - posted on 03/20/2010

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Hi, my son is 18 mths+ and he doesn't speak either. I was worried coz' all my friends' children have already started talking A LOT at his age. To be frank, I feel comforting reading the post here as I'm not alone.
He has already started saying "pa pa pa pa..." since 6 mths but that's it. Haha.. He doesn't say anything else. But not "papa", it's "papapa..". We are pretty sure that he doesn't have hearing problem or autism. He loves sesame street and children songs. He knows who's papa and who's mama.. it's just that he's just not speaking. However, lately he starts to mumble baby's talk a lot. Perhaps he's like his dad, who only started speaking at the age of 2.
I'm learning to be more relax and just go with the flow. He will talk when he's ready I guess.

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i teach my son sign language too. i'm learning it at the same time as him. and when we learn a new sign i always say the word out loud. i think signing helps children put meaning to a word. i am a very visual learner and i think my son is too. what ever you do don't stress over it.

Layla - posted on 03/19/2010

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Had the same concerns at my son's 18 month appt. He does understand and his hearing seems to be fine, so I'm trying not to worry at this point. He says dada, ball, and nana for banana, but only others are sounds for animals and woo woo for thomas the train! My ped said one day the light bulb will probably go off and I'll go into his room and he'll say "Hi Mom!" If he's in the same positiion by 2, she would refer us to a speech therapist, but until then he's a normal boy and they usually talk later.

Joelle - posted on 03/19/2010

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My Daughter says a handful of words and knows a few signs. I also watch a little boy the same age and he is mostly into animal sounds too. He seems perfectly normal though. I think that boys are more into learning to move, and move things and talking is on the back burner, and girls are more into talking - just like adults. ;) But I think they will both master what they need to eventually, just at their own pace. Your son might just be working on mastering different milestones and he'll get to talking soon. I'd just listen to your ped. If he's not worried, don't worry. And if he does need a little help there is always early intervention and a speech therapist can have your son back on track before he is in pre-school.

LeaTonia - posted on 03/18/2010

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my son jojo has yet to say... mama. he says dada like nobody's business though-lol. he makes a few animal sounds like: dog, cat & duck. he also says words like: no-no, ooooh, yum & the s- sound. he has yet to say a clear word. i plan to talk with his ped. about it because he shows interest in wanting to talk, but nothing comes out.

Ally - posted on 03/18/2010

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My son is the same way!! I was really worried, and sometimes embarrassed because my son is off the charts for both height and weight...he looks like a 3 year old and people wonder why he doesn't talk!! My ped said that since he is making noises, pointing, etc...there will probably be an "explosion" of talking in the next 2-3 months. He told me that if he hadn't started talking by 21 months or so, to give him a call and he'd reevaluate him then.
Every kid is different. Don't worry! Just think...they'll start talking soon and we'll probably wish they'd stop!! LOL!

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If you feel up for it you could try teaching him some simple sign language. I started teaching my son sign when he was about 9 months old mainly because I started looking after a 2 year old who is nonverbal autistic and at the time only signing.
I have found so far that it has helped with less tantrums and a broader vocabulary and now they are both starting to say the words they sign.

Really as long as he can express his wants in some way, unless the doctor was worried, I wouldn't worry. Likely he will start talking when he wants to and in full sentences! ;)

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