My 23month old doesnt talk!

Elysha - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My son doesnt seem to want to learn to talk! He knows some words like- Dad, Mom, Eat, Juice, Kitty, Bella, Baby. But try and get him to use other words and he just says HMM-HUH.. I read to him and I am always talking to him. Not really sure what I am doing wrong here.

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Sheila - posted on 01/08/2010

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You're not doing anything wrong Elysha just hang on in there he will talk when he is ready. Keep the stories going and talk to him at every opportunity, even if you're writing a shopping list, talk him through it.
Action songs and games are also good and make sure you have cuddle time every day. It can be a difficult time when speech and terrible twos get tied up with each other and can be draining on you too. Sx

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Erin - posted on 01/13/2010

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My nephew didn't talk for quite a while. My sister ended up taking him to a speach therapist! Then, out of the blue, he started talking and wouldn't stop. He apparantely didn't want to talk or feel the need to. Just be patient! I'm sure it has to be frustrating, though. Don't be hard on yourself! Chin up!

Amy - posted on 01/13/2010

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He'll talk - no worries. Just try to not respond to him unless he uses words. Might help...

Keara - posted on 01/12/2010

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Have you tried sign language? That usually helps toddlers want to talk... got my oldest and youngest to talk quicker that way

Anna - posted on 01/12/2010

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I would think that you would need to take him to your Doctor and have him evaluated to make sure he is alright and then maybe with the help of an early development disability program in your state they can send out professional evaluators to help with his speech. Usually insurance or state programs can help him with speech therapy. I would suggest that you do this soon and not wait until he starts school. Talk to your family and friends as well for support and help. Also make sure he ask for things before you give it to him even when you know what he wants. Have him put it in words. The speech therapy people will help you with a lot of these type of interactions to help him talk more. Good luck.

Anna - posted on 01/11/2010

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You are not doing anything wrong. I went through the same thing with my 6 yr old. He started speech therapy in kindergarten cause my health insurance did not cover speech therapy. I am now going through the same thing with my 2 1/2 yr old son. On th eother hand my 3 1/2 yr old daughter is talking up a storm.

Talk to your pediatrician and see what they think. It may be laziness or in the case of my 6 yr old it may be a phonological disability. Speech therapy is working wonders for him. And I'm hoping to start my other son if his pediatrician thinks it's necesssary.

Laura - posted on 01/11/2010

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Hi, my son was delayed in speech too. He knew a few words but was not where he needed to be when he was 2. Our Dr. suggested having his hearing tested by an ear nose throat dr first. Come to find out, it was part of his problem. He wasn't hearing the sounds correctly or at all. He had to have tubes put in his ears and after that we really noticed a difference in how he reacted to us and our talking to him. Because of his delay, he also qualified for early childhood intervention program in my area. My suggestion to you would be to be patient but to also take a more proactive approach to determine whether your child is actually hearing things correctly and to see if he qualifies for any early intervention programs in you area.

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Quoting Elysha:

My 23month old doesnt talk!

My son doesnt seem to want to learn to talk! He knows some words like- Dad, Mom, Eat, Juice, Kitty, Bella, Baby. But try and get him to use other words and he just says HMM-HUH.. I read to him and I am always talking to him. Not really sure what I am doing wrong here.


 

Beth - posted on 01/11/2010

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my son barely talked, just said 'eee' all the time until he was almost 3. His birthday was in October, now he talks NON STOP. Try not to panic - there is too much pressure for all kids to develop at the same rate and they just don't.

Lisa - posted on 01/10/2010

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Don't stress about it too much unless he seems to not understand directions as that may indicate a hearing problem. My daughter was only saying a few simple words at 21 months and we were told she was really behind by health professionals. We just made sure that we were always talking to her about everything we were doing. She is now 27 months and has just suddenly copying words we say to her after one go.

Melanie - posted on 01/10/2010

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I would not try to pressure him. I would just keep doing what you are doing and one day he will. He is probally taking in everything he's just being stuborn. I've always heard and seen that those children that wait to talk is the most intellegent. They take everything in first then use what they are taught when they are ready. Just be patient. I would give it another 1-2 years and you will probally won't be able to shut him up. LOL..Hope this help you.

Samantha - posted on 01/09/2010

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i know a few toddlers that dont really talk at 2..my sons been talking up a storm since 1 1/2..he knows more words than i do and i work all the time and dont have time to teach him alot, so i have no idea how hes learned some of the things he says..its just all up on him.my sons 3 yr old friend doesnt say half the stuff he does. so dont worry hell start talking alot when hes ready.

Jenny - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son was delayed in his speech. I live in Ohio so we have Help Me Grow here. They evaluated him and said he was about a year behind in his speech. They had a speech therapist come to my house for about a year and he was in a playgroup for about 6 months and now he is totally caught up. He is always talking now. I didn't have pay a penny for any of this because of our income. I would look into what programs your state has and see if you can't find someone to evaluate your son to see if he has the same problem.

Julie - posted on 01/09/2010

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you are not doing anything wrong i have a 21 month old boy and he only says words like mum,dad,nana,daisy,jojo childrens develop at different stages im sure he/she will pick it up just keep on giving them praise for doing something or saying something new

Andrea - posted on 01/09/2010

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If you are concerned you can contact your doctor and ask to have your son seen by a Speech Pathologist. My daughter goes to a speech playgroup (that she absolutely loves to go to), it helps build on her speech and she can make friends. :)

Wanda - posted on 01/09/2010

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All children learn at different stages, don't be surprised if one day he just starts talking up a storm and you'll wonder what all the fuss was about...

Christine - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son did the point and grunt thing until he was 2 and half. My state has an early development disability program called First Steps. They sent out professional evaluators who said he was over a year behind in speech only. My insurance paid, with a copay, for speech therapy. A wonderful well qualified person came to my home and even to the preschool, when got older, once a week. After 2 years, he no longer qualified for assistance. Now He is reading out loud in the middle of his Kindergarten year. Basically sometimes I really miss when he was quiet. I encourage you to check out what options you have for speech.

Caroline - posted on 01/08/2010

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just don't worry about it. My 3 year old still has a few issues with talking but she a quite baby. He probably knows more that what he lets on too, so just dont fuss over it too much and he'll open up.

Christine - posted on 01/08/2010

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Do you have other kids or family around. Go to your Dr. My daughter didn't speak she would just point and grunt. I was freaked. Our Doc who new we had my mother and father-in-law living with us said....:why should she talk when everyone waits on her hand and foot." She was fine just spoiled. She is 20 now and still speaks little except when she calls home for money. Get it checked out. You will feel better. Cheers!

Lacey - posted on 01/07/2010

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he is just being stuborn probably my daughter knows how to talk but only when she wants so yeah

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