22 month old not talking yet...

Mindy - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My son is 22 months old and not talking very much. We have had birth to 3 come and evaluate him, and they are supposed to come back in about a week or so. He will say something like "thanks" for a month or so, and then he won't say it anymore.

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Patricia - posted on 05/11/2012

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Mindy, first I beg you not to take this in a bad way. Does he have a reason to talk? My son, now 15, with Autism was not communicating with us; we had a psychologist do a home evaluation to help provide suggetions; within 5 minutes of being in the home he said, "why shold he talk?"; my first response was rather defensive, but after he explained it made perfect sence. We were not allowing Brand the opportunity to talk. We all became so accustomed to reading his body language and types of cry that we would all automatically give him what he wanted. Therefore, there was no reason for him to talk. It was a very tring and difficult task, but after awhile he started to talk. Now we cannot get him to stop. Thank God. Please let me know your thoughts and feelings on this.

Karyn - posted on 11/10/2009

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Every toddler is different and they talk at different times, my son is 28 months and he talks but we do not understand all that he says, a 22 month old not talking is nothing to worry about, that is awfully young to be expecting him to talk....

Susan - posted on 11/07/2009

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my son who is now almost 5, didn't say anything but baa until after he was two. He was great at communicating in other ways. People used to say to me, "Is your son ever going to talk." it was quite frustrating. He now doesn't stop talking, but the time he was three, he was talking up a storm. And now people ask if he ever stops talking. Kids do things in their own time.

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My daughter did not talk until after 2. She did say "ello" in the tellephone, and a few things only my husband and I understood. She started talking more once she went to a little play school. Maybe I just reacted on her every need and she did not need to speak. She is now 3 and uses words I don't even know. (don't know where they pick it up). If you are really worried that your 22 month old is not talking have him evaluated, but if he is developing fine otherwise I will not worry too much.

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2009

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my daughter didnt say her 1st words till around her 2nd birthday, she knew everything we were saying and if we asked her to get something she would do it but just wouldnt speak till then, by about 30 months she was speaking in sentences and everything i would never have thought just a few months before that she wasnt saying anything so i wouldnt worry too much about your 22 month old not talking, just try lots of encouragement.

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Jacqueline - posted on 04/25/2012

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Random - has he been on antibiotics lately? Or occasionally- my son didn't Say my name mom till 26 flipping months!!!!! Have u had his ears checked? Not by dr but specialist. If fluid is in them it can sound like a fish bowl. And that could be why it goes in and out. Get hearing checked. And if he has had 3 plus ear infections. Get tubes!



Dr thought my son was autistic. Drs said he had fluid in ears but he was fine. But he also had ear infections every month. I went to one specialist. He passed his hearing- but intern said there was fluid dr said everything was normal and didn't recommend tubes- I went to another specialist he saw fluid and history of ear inf. and we had him get tubes. 2 months later he said my name and his vocab exploded and his personality was completely different. He just changed completely!!! He received speech and play therapy. For 2 years and he is completely up to par and a normal child one year after tubes!!!!!!

Waunita - posted on 04/04/2012

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My daughter will b 22 months in a few days and isn't saying anything I can understand. Besides her Pediatrician thinking she is underweight she asked about her development which is on point and her speech. I told her Autumn says nothing I can understand just the usual baby babble and she says "Oh Waunita she should be saying more." and proceeded to give me a pamphlet about hearing and said I should take her for a hearing test. Of course I didn't take her. Autumn responds to her name and she can hear the tv in one room if she's in another. She can work my iPod and IPhone she knows how to go to the app that teaches her letters and keeps repeating "candy" every so often. A mother knows when something is not right with their child. I know my daughter is healthy and I know she can hear. All her Pediatrician is doing is going by a chart. A chart.

Sarah - posted on 11/10/2009

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My son is 30 months old & only started talking 2 months ago... The pead said that he has a speech delay with Autistic characteristics (the characteristics are he only eats certain foods & is happy with his own company) He is finally singing songs & within the last 2 weeks has gone from "Doing?' to "What are you doing? Why?" we will be starting speech therapy with him soon so hopefully he will pronounce his words better soon too. I wouldn't be too worried about your 22 month old not talking, lots of other mums i know say that boys generally are a little slower to talk, toilet train etc... good luck with your evaluation & if your too worried ask for a refferal to see a peadiatrician.

Ebele - posted on 11/10/2009

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my second son who is 2yr and five months is yet to talk, I am not bothered because his four year elder did the same, now he is with speech and every I scream at him to stop talking

Morgan - posted on 11/10/2009

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I am a teacher and I have know some kids to not talk at all because they are shy and then at the end of the year they might start talking. But what I do with my son is get really excited and cheer every time he says a word and then he keeps on saying that word.

Brittney - posted on 11/09/2009

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I agree with some mothers. I have two childen. My first who is 3 now, talked really fast, and well did everything so early. Says bigger words and just talks soo good. Now my 2 year old. Talks, and things but she is very quite, and Shy. Maybe your son is Shy also. My yongest just would rather let her sister do the talking. Eventually he will start to talk but let him do it on his time. I have learned that with much more then just talking. Every child takes their own pace at things.

Nikolette - posted on 11/09/2009

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When my son didn't talk by his 2nd birthday, he got a speech therapist. My husband and I weren't too sure we wanted one, but it was free so we thought it couldn't hurt. He had so much fun with her. I also started to teach him some sign language for the most important things to us (like milk and potty) and that helped a lot. My son has a terrible temper so it was very frustrating for us and for him that he couldn't communicate what he wanted. He just turned 3 now and he is talking up a storm, so don't sweat it, your son will get there soon!

Kimisha - posted on 11/09/2009

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my son is three and he's just getting started so don't be too worried that your 22 month old is not talking. i was panicking at first but as long as you've had him evaluated don't fret yourself. he'll start talking.

Crystal - posted on 11/09/2009

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My son will be 2 this month and still only says things like ma ma and ba ba. He is also in the birth to 3 program he has been for about 6 months and seems to enjoy the interaction we also have problems beyond the talking but, nothing to severe. When we first entered into the program word like autium and sensory issues came up which scared me to death but, I have sense realized it will be ok. I wish u the best of luck and hope the program helps u and your son. I know losing words or skills is a sign of a deeper issue but, also don't let them scare u because all children are different and grow at different rates so it could be perfectly normal for your 22 month old to not talk.

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Encouragement on talking helps them grow to want to learn to talk , our 20 month old daughter says Potty , more please ,thankyou ,mama , dada, nana , papa , 123456 goes ABC. I would reccomend using flash cards , take the time to go over and over them with him , see if he catches on . I'd also reccomend speach Treapy .

Angela - posted on 11/09/2009

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My son is 2 years, 7 months and I was worried about him at 2, but about 2 months ago he started to say more and then just in the last 2 weeks he is talking sentences and he knows every letter on the computer keyboard and some numbers. It'll come at their pace. It seems to happen out of nowhere!! He's smart, but I am sure he didn't need to talk since I would know what he needed just from a glance.lol

Ashley - posted on 11/09/2009

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my son is 3 1/2 he barley talks he is getting better we had him evald and they said he has develop mental delay so we have been working with him he is getting better but is not by any means were he is suposto be he is also really quiet like his dad he never says a word till he has to or when he has something to say.

Sabrina - posted on 11/08/2009

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Quoting Sabrina:

My daughter just turned to and all she can say a li bit but not a bunch.



two on thursday the 5th and she don't say alot but maybe 10 things at the most we are in the no stage right now

Tiffany - posted on 11/08/2009

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My daughter took a really long time to want to talk she understood and all but just felt it was uneccesary to talk back, she sstarted to useactions for what she wanted, the doctor recommended speech therapy but instead Ithought she was gettin pampered by us adults so I put her in daycare to be around more children who didnt understand her motions, she now never stops talking and is only 28 months and has only been in daycare about 6 months.

Mindy - posted on 11/07/2009

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We have the cd series "My Baby Can Read." He is fixing to start the 3rd disk. He really enjoys them. I also read to him quite a bit. He understands pretty much anything I say to him. He 'jabbers' a whole lot.

Erin - posted on 11/07/2009

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Every child is different, as we all have heard. Try finding something he likes and is really interested in and try to get him to say different words related to it. Work from there. Once he starts talking and realizes how much he likes it he will never stop lol

Tasha - posted on 11/06/2009

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I have 5 children and I must say I've had 2 super early talkers, 2 that were on schedule, and my middle child, now 7, didn't even try to talk or say a word until he was 3 years old. He can read and write just as well as his class now and does very well. They talk when they are ready....not when you want them to:)

Karen - posted on 11/06/2009

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ok, let be safe than sorry. When you say not talking...all babies should at that age make sounds....When you call his name he responds. If he is saying words that you can clearly understand. Then you are ok. However, you can invest in something called My baby can REad....or just read to him daily...All babies should be getting at least 10,000...noted I said least 10,000 words a day. So, you should be talking, reading, explaining things, and asking him questions....If he is responding but not talking and you can tell he clearly understand what you are saying. You are in the clear. Also, have hearing check, you should be good. Children work on their own appointed time frame...Parents should ensure environments are safe, have plenty of interactions, and stimuli.

Donna - posted on 11/06/2009

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i had the same problem with my son at that age i was told he needed to be seen by a speech therapist i wasnt to keen because i thought he will chat when he is ready he said a few words but not long after his birthday i couldnt shut him up lol kids do things when they r ready people think they should be doing things by a certain age but not all of us r ready but we get there when we are! good luck x

Valena - posted on 11/06/2009

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Thats ok, my son is the same age and calls everyone mommy and says thank you, he babbles all the time with unintelligible words and sounds. He behaves as though he is in a conversation having his say and we do listen to him and respond as though we understand. He will speak soon and will be talking alot, this happened to my older son. According to psychologist in the book Babies and Young Children - they are much more focused on the physical development, motor development (gross and fine motor skills), eventually they will focus on the language development.

Anissa - posted on 11/06/2009

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first i think you should try not to stress to much about your 22 month old not talking, he will eventually talk and one day you might even say that he talks to much!!! have you tried pointing to objects telling him what things are or even what you are doing or will be going for the day, maybe point to pictures repeating what they are then start asking him where things are and what they are. wish you all the best

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My son is 33 months and is only just starting to talk (outside of words like "ta" and "mum"). He has learned some basic sign language to help him communicate (and to make it easier for everyone else to understand what he wants), but I also think being in daycare a couple days a week for the last few months helped kick start his talking too.

His vocabulary is growing by 2 words a day now, but he's not making all sounds yet so sometimes it's hard to understand what he's saying. My son's always done things in his own time though, so I wasn't too worried about his late start in talking.

Sara - posted on 11/05/2009

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We actually taught my son sign language and that helped talk. He doesnt shut up now. Make talking fun. my son didnt talk until almost 3 bu the sign language helped him communicate. so it made it easier.

Ebby - posted on 11/05/2009

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I didn't talk until I was three my mom had said, except for the usual, mom and dads, milk requests, then suddenly at 3 years old I turned to my dad and said this really weird thing to him out of no where at the dinner table "Daddy do you remember when I was a boy and we went fishing down by the river?" Ummm yeah... I usually wouldn't worry so much about them talking but rather their showing their ability to understand the meaning in what your saying to them. :) Your not alone.

Kirsten - posted on 11/05/2009

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He could just be stubborn, my husband apparently didn't talke unitl well past his 2nd birthday and even then the only word he said was no for a while.

Good luck I wish you and your son the best.

Sarah - posted on 11/10/2009

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My son is 30 months old & only started talking 2 months ago... The pead said that he has a speech delay with Autistic characteristics (the characteristics are he only eats certain foods & is happy with his own company) He is finally singing songs & within the last 2 weeks has gone from "Doing?' to "What are you doing? Why?" we will be starting speech therapy with him soon so hopefully he will pronounce his words better soon too. I wouldn't be too worried about your 22 month old not talking, lots of other mums i know say that boys generally are a little slower to talk, toilet train etc... good luck with your evaluation & if your too worried ask for a refferal to see a peadiatrician.

Kimisha - posted on 11/09/2009

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my son is three and he's just getting started so don't be too worried that your 22 month old is not talking. i was panicking at first but as long as you've had him evaluated don't fret yourself. he'll start talking.

Crystal - posted on 11/09/2009

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My son will be 2 this month and still only says things like ma ma and ba ba. He is also in the birth to 3 program he has been for about 6 months and seems to enjoy the interaction we also have problems beyond the talking but, nothing to severe. When we first entered into the program word like autium and sensory issues came up which scared me to death but, I have sense realized it will be ok. I wish u the best of luck and hope the program helps u and your son. I know losing words or skills is a sign of a deeper issue but, also don't let them scare u because all children are different and grow at different rates so it could be perfectly normal for your 22 month old to not talk.

Anissa - posted on 11/06/2009

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first i think you should try not to stress to much about your 22 month old not talking, he will eventually talk and one day you might even say that he talks to much!!! have you tried pointing to objects telling him what things are or even what you are doing or will be going for the day, maybe point to pictures repeating what they are then start asking him where things are and what they are. wish you all the best

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