Toddler not speaking at 22 months?

Raquel - posted on 09/10/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My DD is 22 months and she does not say anything at all. She does not say mamma or papa. All she does say is Da and it is for everything. When I tell her "Look that's a flower, she'll say "Da". That is basically it. She is very smart, she knows where 5 body parts are when asked "where are they?". She also seems to be normal and understands what I tell her. I am very concerned though especially after doing tons of research and everyone scares u with Verbal Apraxia or even autism. No parent wants their child to go through that. What are your suggestions? Was your child a late talker? Should I be worried? I need some words of inspiration :-(

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Patricia - posted on 09/22/2011

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You are right in thinking she should be speaking more. Go to school system website. In my school system website there is a program called Child Find. They will evaluate your child and if your child needs "speech" or any other services, they will place your child in the appropriate program. Don't delay. Early Intervention is important. Have your child evaluated it will give you the peace of mind knowing that you are doing what is best for your child.

Kelina - posted on 09/12/2011

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my son was the same way-da was everything! He's 2 1/2 now and speaking a little bit more but it was still several months after he turned two that any words really started coming out. talk to his doctor if you are worried they can check his ears and stuff to evaluate him and tell you if you should be worried.

Leeann - posted on 09/11/2011

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get her checked out if your worried, my kids doctor said always trust your gut a mommy is hardly ever wrong. my son did that when he was a child and my daughter was his translator, she could interpret his hand movements and just look at me and say "mom geeze this is what he wants". it scared the tar out of me. and the one day when he was about three maybe a bit before then he was speaking in perfect sentences, saying words i didnt think he could say. when he went to school at six, we found out he was developmentally delayed. so it could be nothing or could be something. if your worried take her to the doctor. i hope i helped good luck hon.

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Patricia - posted on 09/23/2011

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Children will start speaking when they are ready. However, a 22 month should be speaking more than just a few words. It may not be clearly understood but she/he should be speaking. As I stated before checking with your local school system for services is a good direction to go. Also visiting the pediatrician to make sure nothing is wrong with their hearing is important. It is entirely possible that your DD will start speaking when she is ready. However, to ease your concerns and fears, go to your pediatrician and discuss your concerns. He is your best source of information. Good luck,.

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2011

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Definitely talk to your doctor about your concerns. My nephew is almost 3 and has just started to speak over the last few months. His doctor had concerns so she told his parents to have his hearing checked - it was fine - so the doctor said to name everything around him and talk to him constantly so he learns. They are a very quiet household and hardly speak to their kids - his older sister also was a late talker but is fine now.
I've also heard that having a kids' ears checked can help in case her ears are blocked. I've heard of kids having this problem and not speaking because they can't hear very well, but once it was unblocked by the doctor, they could hear and their speaking improved.
If there is a problem it's good to have it found out early so you can help her. And if you aren't satisfied with what you doctor says then get a 2nd opinion.

Annie - posted on 09/23/2011

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Don't worry yourself too much! When my son was coming up to 2 years I was in a panic because his vocabulary basically went as far as "ball" lol, but it all changed in the space of a monthhe just started coning out with more and more words and now he's nearly 3 he's actually quite advanced with speech for his age! Have u tried a speech therapy class at your local children's centre? They basically give you lots of tips on how to encourage speech development.. That helped for me :)

Sueha - posted on 09/20/2011

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My sister in laws son was 2 yrs old and only knew like 2 words, everything else he would just scream till we figured out what he wanted. Well thats because he was spoiled rotten! She got him into speech therapy through early intervention before he turned 3 (early intervention is from 0-3yrs of age then they get speech therapy through the school system) and now he is fine. He doesn't have a developmental delay or anything but if you feel that he is not where he needs to be verbally, look into having a speech therapist evaluate him. I live in the suburbs of chicago and they came to our home and evaluated him and said he needs speech therapy (it was covered by our insurance so check with ur insurance policy, even public aid covers it). A little extra help won't hurt him and by time ur daughter turns three, enroll her into preschool. My son went from saying two word sentences to saying a whole paragraph LOL. The blossom around other kids.

Tracie - posted on 09/20/2011

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Is she in a bilingual home, by any chance? Kids raised bilingually tend to speak later. If not, just keep talking to her about anything and everything - narrate your time with her basically - and check with her doctor on your next visit.

Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2011

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Bring it up with her doc. If you are still worried seek more help. One of the things that is NEEDED for an autism diagnoses is speech delays, and early intervention is important. Lots of autistic children are very smart, so please don't think it is an IQ issue! But that does not mean I think there is anything wrong with your daughter! Not getting her tested will not change it if she does have a problem, and if she doesn't have one, it will ease your mind. BTW, my son was speach delayed, turns out that ear infections and fluid in his ears was destorting his hearing, once he got tubes, he was talking fine in a matter of weeks. I'd have never known if I hadn't asked!

Michelle - posted on 09/10/2011

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Well at this point it may still be nothing. Most people would say to wait until they are 3 before you worry about it. Talk to the ped. I'm sure they will tell you the best thing to do next. My son has a speech delay and he was talking at 22 months . So you just never know how it's going to work out. Keep talking to her and encouraging her to talk.

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