How to help a 2 year old talk?

Sharon - posted on 01/23/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I need help with a 2 year old boy that doesn't talk much but babbles. Any ideas?

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Rebecca - posted on 09/29/2011

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My 2 year old son Knows lots of words but he will only say them when he wants...I'm not worried about his development, i know he can hear me (we whisper at bed time) and i know he understands me... Just give him some time, my son babbles on and on but when he's ready i know he'll use the words he knows dont start worrying untill they are about 3 or so.

Sabrina - posted on 01/25/2010

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I agree with everybody else! Good positive suggestions:) You should def talk to your Dr. My son is an only child & I'm a stay at home mom & we talk to him like he's a grown up, he gets read to ALL the time & he doesnt watch tv. Sounds like the perfect combo for a great speaking child, right?! So when it was suggest to use at the age of 2 to get him into early intervention his father said "NO, there's nothing wrong with my son, hell talk when he's ready". but by 2 1/2 he was completly potty trained but still not talking. so i called & got info, in my area it's called "Help Me Grow" they have services for children age 12months to 3 yrs. we got him in right away & from april to july of last yr you would NOT believe the progress he made!! he went to a "class" for and hr & a half 2 days a week (the class had children with difficulties & "typical peers") he also saw a speach therapist for an hour once a week. It was the BEST thing i have ever done for my son!!! Im pregnant with my second child & i will not hesitate this time if they need early intervention!!!!

oh his progress: when he was hungry in april he would say "mmm" by july he was telling you exactly what he wanted" in april he would say "jis" if he wanted a drink, by july he was telling us if he wanted, water, milk, juice, choco milk ect. it was SOO exciting for me :)

Leslie - posted on 01/23/2010

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my 2 year old doesn't "talk" much either... he babbles constantly though. We started early intervention with him around 3 months ago (a speech therapist comes to our house once a week for an hour and plays with him) It's been very beneficial for us because she actually teaches ME how to play with him with our toys in different ways to stimulate speech.

Like someone else said, make sure he looks at your lips when you talk to him- hold things right next to your mouth when you say the word. Start with an easier word and work up to more difficult words (like, my son said "hop hop" first for frog or bunny because frog and bunny are harder words)

you don't necessarily have to understand what he says... does he make the same babble sounds for certain things? Like, my son would say "Dit-as" for "Thomas." it's obviously not the correct word, but he always says the same thing when talking about Thomas. thats as good as the real word when language is delayed... good luck!!

User - posted on 07/24/2011

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My son is 16 months and we have a speech therapist come to the house. One hour every week. It's the best help I have ever gotten him
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Jessica - posted on 01/23/2010

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All of the previous are good ideas and I would try them as well. I have not had any problems with my kids and talking but I do have friends that have. One friend had taken her 3 year old son to the doctors not to long ago and he had to have tubes but in his ears. He is now talking very well. :) Just a suggestion.

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Tenesha - posted on 06/03/2012

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Am dealing with this right now they say a two year old should say 50 words he goes to school and. Talk to the dr about it so they will be coming out to see him . I felt so sad that he might not be on target am a teacher and to see my own child not dEveloping well makes me very happy maybe by three with help he wi be doing better.

Carol - posted on 08/16/2011

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some children talk sooner then others, some walk sooner then others.. my son still isnt walking and hes 15 mo. while my daughter walked 1 yr. my son just recently starting talking up a storm. what he likes is familiar things, like the sesame street song. every time he hears it he tries to mimic the sounds. especially the count when he comes on with the organ and counts, my son is fixed on 13. all he says is 13, 13 ... its too funny. i agree with jessica M., if his ears are checked and is ok, then he will learn at his own pace. try easy words with him, and use them every day. like duck was the first word outside of mama and dada for my son.

Valerie - posted on 07/24/2011

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read to him and speak with your doctor if concerned about delays...may be normal...might have hearing or speech problem but early to say...all the best

Jill - posted on 01/25/2010

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Lots of great suggestions by everyone above. I would agree about looking checking with your pediatrician (regarding hearing) and into the Early Intervention program in your area if you still have concerns. It is never to early to begin working with children if they do need a little help. As a pediatric speech-langauge pathologist, I would rather evaluate a child and tell the parent there are no concerns than wait until the child is almost three and try to help catch him/her up to their peers.

Amy - posted on 01/25/2010

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Does he have recurrent ear infrections? I would have him seen by the pediatrician and then mabe go to an ent office to discuss having his hearring tested if he has not had recurrent ear infections. My son had recurrent ear infections and then had tubes put in but it was about 6 months before he stqarted to talk and then he needed speech therapy for 10 months to get him to talk apprpriately for his age

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I would definitely talk to your doctor about having his ears checked first and then, if all is well there, (and he really says no words) then look further into the therapist idea. Does he communicate with his hands (pointing, etc.)? Or in any way (sign language)?

Valerie - posted on 01/23/2010

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I agree with Maggie with talking to him that will help but also use music and rhyming to help him learn to talk more also. Is he in child care? If he is ask his teachers if they can spend a little extra time with him.

Maggie - posted on 01/23/2010

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Keep talking to him. The more you talk to him the more he'll hear different sounds and start to mimic them. Make sure he's looking at you when you talk to him so he can see how your mouth moves when you make sounds, too.

Does he say any words? If you are really worried then you should ask your pediatrician.

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