Advise Please! My 28 month old daughter does not talk AT ALL!

Tina - posted on 06/01/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hello everyone. I'm new here and I joined to ask a question about my daughter. She's 28 months old and still hasn't said her first word, no "mama", "hi", "bye", nothing. My sitter told me that I should be concerned about the fact that she yells a lot and walks on her tippy toes. I'm wondering what could be wrong, does anyone have any ideas? Should I take her to a doctor? Is this urgent?

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Amy - posted on 06/02/2012

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Yes at 28 months old you should of already had this conversation with your doctor. At the age of two they should be putting words together and about 50% of what they say should be understandable to people outside the family. I would call your pediatrician and get her ears checked ASAP, your doctor can also give you the number to birth to 3 they will come out to your house and do a whole assessment on your child. They also provide the services of they qualify, we had an assessment done on our daughter at about 18 months, they said she was above normal. However she is still very behind in her spoken language at 27 months and we'll be calling then again to reevaluate her.

In the US it's reccommended to use birth to 3 because at the age of 3 you have to start going through the schools for services and it can be difficult to get the appropriate help. In the meantime I would start using sign language as a way to help your daughter communicate.

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Leanna - posted on 06/10/2012

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ask your local health department about their free speech therapy that they offer.

Deb - posted on 06/09/2012

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You're so right Bethany, Its very frustrating for a little one when they want to communicate with you but can't verbalize it. Sign language has lessened the frustration tantrums for my grandson.

Bethany - posted on 06/09/2012

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if she yells and carries on about things but seems to understand what ur saying dont rule out her hearing, as it could still be that and she is understaning what you say by ur actions alone.

what ever happens good luck and i hope you solve the issue very soon, keep us posted ox

Deb - posted on 06/08/2012

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My grandson was evaluated at 20 months. A little early but my daughter is a speech path major in college and she was able to see the signs early.
Right now it just seems to be a speech delay. He sees a speech path 2 times a week, once at daycare and once at home. This teaches both the day care workers and mom what to watch for and how to practice with him. He's making great strides and doing well. Just needed a little extra help I guess. He is now 26 months and yesterday he did a 3 word sentence! "I see moma" We were very excited! Talk to your pediatrician, someone from WIC, call the school district you live in. Do what ever it takes to get her to a therapist. My daughter had to push the issue because he was a little young. But once a speech therapist got involved, she said it really helps to get some intervention as early as possible and that is why my grandson is doing so well.

Tina - posted on 06/03/2012

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Yes I'm going to try and make a doctors appointment. I don't think it's her hearing because she seems to hear and understand me when I say things to her. Some people are telling me I should be worried and some are saying it's no big deal so I just wasn't sure.

Janice - posted on 06/02/2012

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Definitely contact your pediatrician for a referral to Early Intervention. At 28 months your daughter should have many words and beginning to talk in sentences. It could be her hearing or something else but only an evaluation and hearing test will reveal whats going on. The sooner you get your daughter seen the better. Early Intervention is what it is called in NY state but there is a free birth - 3 program in every state.
If your not in the US you should still contact your daughter's doctor and figure out what you need to do to get your daughter help.

Tamyra - posted on 06/02/2012

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Hi Tina. My daughter is almost 28 months and she will gain words and then lose them. She is involved with a program called First Steps that gives her speech and other services. Please don't beat yourself up. Alot of people told me that some kids talk later than others and that I shouldn't worry while others were like "Oh you need to do something"! I got her evaluated when I noticed she couldn't seem to form certain sounds and she was frustrated. I would get her evaluated as soon as you can. The first step is seeing the Dr. and getting her evaluated. I know it can be scary, but it will be OK. I will keep you all in my prayers. Take care.

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