What should a 2-year-old be saying?

Maureen - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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You'd think after three kids I would know this by now, and I probably wouldn't be concerned if it wasn't for the fact that my two-year-old is a twin...so I constantly have his brother to compare him to. Neither of them seem to be saying as much as I *think* they should be saying at this stage...but Connor seems very far behind. Owen, his twin brother, says many words, and some complete sentences (although not often.) He can count to ten, say the alphabet,and knows his shapes. Connor, however, barely says anything. Very basic things...no sentences...only recognizes a couple of letters and numbers, does not know his shapes, and the things he does say I'm pretty sure I'm the only one who can understand him.

What is the point where you should be concerned at this age? Thanks!

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Laila - posted on 09/08/2012

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i have twins, my daughter was talkking and potty trained by 2, my son was much later around 3 and half when he started nursery school he improved on his speech as he was in seperate class from his sister. As she did all the talking for him and her and possibly me and her dad! lol. they are now 5, both non stop talking now. lol. i have a 2 year old, who can say around 20 to 30 words but he struggles to say them clearly.

Jennifer - posted on 05/12/2011

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How did the evaluation go?

One other thing to keep in mind, if he has very vocal older sibling he may just let them do the talking. I work with a woman whose youngest son didn't bother talking much until he was nearly 4, not because he couldn't but, because his older brothers were jabber jaws and there was just no need. She says he's still her quietest child even now that they are all grown lol.

Maureen - posted on 05/10/2011

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Thanks, everyone! I have an appointment tomorrow to get a speech evaluation. :)

Mimi - posted on 05/10/2011

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My little one was referred by the pediatrician to Early Intervention services and I am so happy we did it. She really got the help she needed to start talking and better yet - I was taught strategies to promote her linguistic development. If your pediatrician doesn't refer you you can absolutely call your local early intervention and get an assessment. Call your insurance first to see if they cover it. We were covered for all services.....Good luck! It does sound like Connor might benefit from a little encouragement. In the end though - lots of kids just have their own trajectory. He may be slow in learning to talk but be talking in spades by the time he's three.

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I would be concerned if you're not able to communicate with Owen at all. Can he follow directions and use hand gestures and noises to get his point across? If so, he's probably doing fine. Have they been for their regular check-ups? I'm sure the doctor will be able to assess the situation better and if there's reason to be concerned I'm sure (s)he would make that known to you.

Definitely worth a doctor's visit. Follow your gut!

Maureen - posted on 03/29/2011

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Thanks for your response! My husband is also a bit concerned...so maybe we should talk to the doctor, like you said, about it. We just moved recently, so we have a new doctor (she hasn't seen the twins yet.)

I had heard about twins talking late, and wasn't too concerned outside of how much further ahead his brother is. It would definitely give me peace of mind to know, and to get him help if he needs it.

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Twins do talk late, but it does make me go hmmm when you say his brother is more vocal.
Some kids just need some extra support when it comes to speech. Definitely take him to the doctor and ask for their opinion and ask to have him tested. Besides if he needs some extra support, the sooner he gets it the better off he is in the long run.
It could just be that he is intimidated by his brother or not motivated because of his brother.
Good luck!

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