How can I improve his comunication skills?

Zinnia - posted on 09/25/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is 13 months and I'm a little bit worried because he doesn't talk yet. He babbles a lot, but most of the things he's saying I don't understand. I think I had tried everything but maybe you can help me with some tips that haven't found or occur to me yet! Thanks 4 your help! ;~)

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Brandy - posted on 09/25/2009

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All of my friends are having the same issue because they all have boys and I have a girl and they are all about the same age (16, 17, 20months and one boy is 2 years) and my daughter is alot more fluent than the boys so I did some research and boys are typically more interested in learning things physically first. So while my 17 month old can say 2 sometimes 3 word sentences, she doesn't know how to jump and my friend's 16 month old boy does. And the boys will spend more time with a toy where they have to put a shape through a hole because of the physical motion of it. While my daughter would rather sit with you and have you name the pictures in a book for her to try and say. I had a website but I lost it and it said not to worry unless he doesn't clearly say 15 words by the time he is 18 months old. So that gives you alot of time before you have anything to worry about.

Jacqueline - posted on 09/25/2009

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I'm sure your son is just fine. As long as he's showing signs of communication and making sounds. All children develop differently. My youngest (of 4) is 2 1/2 and is now really making the communication leap. She still won't ask for snacks or a drink...brings the cup to me or takes my hand and leads me to the pantry. I guess I'm the one who's trained!!! My mom said that I was 3 before I really spoke at all...but when I did, I was using sentences like, "drink, please," and " I'm tired." Go with your gut, but be sure not to be paranoid...and NEVER compare your baby to anyone else. I'm sure there is something he's doing far better than someone else's child. As I said, I have 4 girls from 15 - 2! All of them developed differently. I do have one with Asperger's and ADHD, but I didn't see any signs until she was around 3-4.

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Zinnia - posted on 09/26/2009

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Thank ALL of you for your tips!! ;~D So... no worries and be patient! ja! Don't rush him!

So far, all your coments and tips are very helpful, some of them I had tried it and some of them not but I'm looking forward to practice them with my little one. We got work! :~)

Thanks a lot again!

Emma - posted on 09/26/2009

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have you thought of doin signs with him my brothers daughter did it and it helped her comunication skills till she was talkin propily

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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13 months old is too young to be expecting them to verbally communicate. Try sign language or ask questions like are you hungry, do you need a drink, etc and teach him to respond yes or no. Also, try teaching him to point or take you to what he wants. Have him find a way to show you. It'll lessen the frustration a bit.

Anita - posted on 09/26/2009

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kids reach their milesone at different stages....u just need to keep talking to him...doesnt matter what ur doing or where u are...keep talking to him...even if u just walk out of the room tell ur lil one "mummy is just going to the kitchen to get u lunch"..."mummy answer door"...etc etc...talk talk talk..read read read...

i wouldnt worry too much...

but if he really has speech problem then take him to a speech therapist....

Jodie - posted on 09/25/2009

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I would suggest reading kids books. That always help my kids to learn to speak. As Allie pointed out point to something and say what it is. Eventually he will learn to speak one word at a time.

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At 13 months, communication and language skills are determined by how much he understands, not necessarily how much he can say. If he can follow simple instructions (sit down, pass me the ball, etc.), then his communication is right on track. At his age, it's all about what he understands, and speaking will come in time. Plus, I've heard over and over that boys tend to take longer than girls to talk.

Allie - posted on 09/25/2009

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Whenever I am communicating with my daughter, I point to something and say what it is. By doing that, in less than a month I taught her to say "Dog" and "Baby"

Ashley - posted on 09/25/2009

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What you want your kid to talk? I want mine to hush. lol. I'm sure what you're doing is perfect. As long as when you speak to him a lot, not using baby language, and when you hand him items such as a book or a ball, just say the word a few times, he will be fine. I have 4 and each of them starting speaking at different ages. Just whenever he is ready, don't rush it though. :) take care.

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