my two year old has no vocabulary

Danna - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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my son wont try and talk! we try every day with his words and he jsut has no interest everythings "da" or "dad" or "See" the doctor sez not to freak out but is this normal?

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Sarah - posted on 10/24/2009

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hi, my daughter is 3 and has only really started to speak in last 2-3 months. i wouldn't worry as long as you son understands what is said

Stephanie - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son at the age of one had no jargen ( baby talk ) His Dr became concern and had me get him speech therapy . It helped so much he is now three and is caught up with kids his age but will be reciveing more speech therapy in preschool when he starts in November . If you feel concern then I would find out what help is out there for you in your area they have free programs that can help.. There nothing worng with talking to a speech therapist and finding out what they think... try the EASTER SEAL BLAKE FOUNDATION in your area they hlep us a great deal and your insurance will pay for it too. Well hope my information was of help .

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Ana - posted on 03/27/2012

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I would not wait any longer. Talk to a specialist to give you advice how treat your kid. My friend son (3)was,so as mine, from bilingual family and doctor sad she should give him a time. That time was waisted.

Don' t want to freak you out but try to hear another opinion.

Jeanne - posted on 10/26/2009

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My son was a Preemie. He had a lot of delays. You need to call the Early Step program and get him tested to see if he can get Speech Therpy. My son now 21 mths said his first sentence this weekend. Good Luck.

Nikki - posted on 10/26/2009

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Don't stress about it. My 2 yr old just started talking a couple months before her second birthday. She's going through a stage now where she will talk at home but not at school. We are going to have her evaluated for speech and go from there. Typically a little speech therapy is all they need. It's not that he can't talk he's probably just not ready to open up. Just keep working with him. It will pay off!

Nikki - posted on 10/25/2009

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I didn't speak until I was 4 years old. This was caused by some hearing loss, which was caused by various ear infections. Does your son have any history of ear infections?

However, if your doctor says not to worry, no worries! Like how some children crawl or walk before others, some children develop a vocabulary later than some. It'll be OK!

Cindy - posted on 10/24/2009

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My son had a speech delay b/c he was tongue tied and he had to have the skin cut, but he is in speech. When he was 2 he started taking speech and maybe said around 5 words my son is still in speech and will be 4 in nov. he is doing really well and now everyone but I can understand him. I had to change some of the things I did with him during the day.



I knew when he pointed at something what he wanted, but the speech therpist wanted me to say the word of what he wanted and then try to work with him after a week of doing that with each word I was not aloud to let him have it if he didnt even try to sound it out even if it was not that clear....It really worked!!! They also tell you that how you may say a word your child picks up on it to...thats just like they keep trying to get my son to say yes, but we always say yeah so thats what he says and that really gets to them b/c they can not seem to get him to change that word at all..lol

Cristina - posted on 10/24/2009

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i had/have the same issue and got mixed responses.

(i was a late talker too)

get in touch w/early childhood intervention. they're available until your child is 3. i was late in contacting them and they said i needed to look into the school district for help, but there is such a long waiting list for speech therapy.

somethings that helped my daughter was socializing w/other kids that are talking.

Victoria - posted on 10/24/2009

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My two year old son was the same way but after awhile he just started to pick up his vocabulary. So just give your son a little bit of time and he will talk.

Samantha - posted on 10/24/2009

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my daughter is 18mnths n only says tickle,mum,thankyou.....tho sh has said plenty of other words on a once off basis.i asked about this 2,as my 6yr old had 2 have speech therapy.but i got told not 2 worry just yet,that usually the quiet ones just start talkin later n better than other children!! so im hoping that is true....generally they r spose 2 say between 5 n 20 words when they r 2. So only time will tell,dont stress 2 much just yet....lol

Christina - posted on 10/24/2009

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hi, my son just turned 2, and he dosent say sentices yet. now that i have him in daycare and he's around other kids he seems to be trying to say more words now. at the same time my co-worker's daughter is only 3 weeks older then my son, and she can talk very well. she is also around alot of other kids. so i dont know if you have your son around other kids that are little bit older or not, but they say that will help them talk. good luck. (oh there is also something i saw on tv that's called my baby can talk, they say it works. i think the website is mybabycantalk.com. might be something to check into)

Annie - posted on 10/24/2009

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Hi I'm a Speech Therapist. It wouldn't hurt to get your son evaluated. I don't know what state you live in, but pretty much every state should have something called Early Intervention. It's free services (Speech, Occupational, Physical, etc....) ncluding evaluation and therapy from infancy- 3 years old. Anybody can apply. You should be able to find some info. on the internet. I'm available if you want more info.

Bambi - posted on 10/24/2009

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I would ask the pediatrician for advice. The first thought that comes into my head is he might need to begin seeing a speech pathologist. (as a teacher that's my first thought) But then is he your only child? Do you speak for him? Do you encourage him to speak before you give him what he wants? There are many other factors that play a part in him not speaking. Talk to the doctor first and see what he says.

Michelle - posted on 10/24/2009

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Don't worry yet, but keep an eye on it and see how things progress. You may need speech therapy at some point. My son has about 20 or so words in his vocabulary. He really only uses 10 or so frequently. What I suspect is the actual problem (since his comprehension is normal) is that he's mastered a few signs and points at things (effectively communicating his needs) so he has no need to talk. So we've been trying to get him to use his words and not acknowledge his signs and points as much so he has to talk to us. We recently started this, but it seems to have helped a little so far.

Christina - posted on 10/23/2009

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do not stress right now,I am going through the same thing. Some children are quicker then others and some need to go at their own pace.

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My son is 2.5-and he's talking some at home, but hardly at all at school. But I've heard from a lot of moms that boys are slower in this area-that its "normal" for boys to take their time. And because of our daycare-just last week I had a lady come from the Family Outreach program in our city-maybe there is a similar program where you live, and it's free----and they asked us a bunch of questions and had him play with games-to see how he's developing. Which made me feel tons better (cause mom's worry!) I found out he's pretty smart in a number of areas-but behind with talking, about where a 2 year old should be-but not so much to worry about. The woman who tested him said boys are typically slower in the speaking area of development. Since having a son-I've heard from a number of moms about their own sons not talking at all 'till 3 years old, or later.

Denise - posted on 10/23/2009

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i think you should get a 2nd opinion but dont worry just get more info. my son just started to say more words about 2 months ago he was about 21-22 months. keep working on it but remember look 4 more info on line I did.

Shirley - posted on 10/23/2009

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albert einstein didn't start talking until he was 5. there's nothing wrong with your child not talking yet. every child talks at different ages. boys seem to talk later than girls.

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I'd be concerned as there may be something causing a speech delay. I don't nkow where you live, or if you have any insurance, but if it's financially possible, I'd see somebody else. Ask your doctor for a referral or recommendation to somebody who deals with speech development in young children. My nephew was speech delayed, and it was very frustrating for him; he tried so hard to communicate, but couldn't, If you can't get a referral or any help from your son's doctor, seek out a second opinion.

LaShonda - posted on 10/22/2009

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I had the same issues with my son. The pediatricians say dont worry about it but if ur concerned have him evaluated to see if he needs speech therapy. My son was barely saying words and by 18 months I was tired of the doctor brushing me off. They say by 24 months he should be using short sentences, I was concerned because he had no vocabulary at all. So he now receives speech therapy and he has improved a lot. Hope this helps!

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I have a two-year-old. He is very intelligent, but has a vocabulary of about 10 words if we're lucky. The problem is his older siblings do all the talking for him. Now that they are in school he is starting to pick up more. He will talk when he is ready. My 7 yr old didn't start talking until he was 3, which was hard for me, because my daughter was speaking full sentences when she was about one, maybe a little older. Boys are in no hurry to talk though, but once they do good luck getting them to stop.lol good luck.

Kirsty - posted on 10/22/2009

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How old is your son? My son is nearly 3 and is only really just starting to talk. He does do a lot of baby talk. My son suffered from ear infections. As my son had hearing loss when he had ear infections it delayed his speech.
I would get his hearing tested. then maybe a referal to speech therapy.
When he starts to talk, I bet he won't stop! Just like my son :-)

Kimberly - posted on 10/22/2009

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daughter says very less than 5 words she will two on wednesday. She is having tubes put in on tueday she passed her hearing test but they think the fluid in her ears may echo or cause pressure which does not support her speech but every doctor but one said it was normal for her not to talk

DEVIN - posted on 10/22/2009

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I have a two year son he has a few words he say but he was jus placed in speech therapy. His delay of speech came from fluid in his years the first year of his life but now he has tubes and has gotten his adnoids taken out so he's cumin along jus fine. One step at a time!

Krista - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son just turned two and was referred to a speech therapy program (we are still waiting for his appointment). However, what I did was turned off the tv (given you allow your child to watch it) with the exception of 30 minutes when he woke up in the morning and 30 minutes after his nap. I also began reading to him....A LOT. And, while reading, I would point to things in the book and say, "what's that?" and then I'd answer. Soon enough, he started answering instead of me. He went from about 5 words to about 20 in about 2 months. Make it fun. Find what your child REALLY likes and use that.

Good luck to you.

Stephanie - posted on 10/22/2009

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Constantly talk to him, include him in conversations, every kid is different but always communicate with them even if they don't say anything back. When he is hungry try to get him to say what he wants rather than giving in on the first noise he makes even though you may know what he wants..

Arwen - posted on 10/22/2009

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I used to work with toddlers, and where your child is at is totally normal. I've seen children not even 18 months say full sentences, and I've seen 2 year olds that didn't vocalize till they were near 3, but when they did they were talking A LOT. You'd have thought they were different children. Some children are naturally quiet. I really wouldn't start worrying till a child turns 3.
My daughter is 21 months. Right now she only says momma, dada, papa, picture, and no. I get a lot of grief from in-laws because her cousin--just turned 2 a couple days ago--has a huge vocabulary. Flashlight, bubbles, ball, dog, and more. It's normal where he's at, and it's normal where my daughter is at. All depends on the child.

Melissa - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son was delayed in talking i thought he was saying enough words i could understand him just fine. Other people had a hard time, When we went to see his school when he frist started they sent me to our preschool and languge program. He still has problem but he is much better. at the time we started this speech he was 3 and now is 5 year old and is going to be getting help from our school. good luck every child is different they will talk when they are ready.

Liesl - posted on 10/22/2009

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Hey there, yes Doc is right it is not something to stress about yet anyway!! I don't know if how you speak to him but this is my sggestion. Don't speak in baby language - Dada, nana, dodo etc, speak to him in normal adult language if you get what I mean, read him lots and lots of stories. My cousin's one daughter didn't speak until she was 3 and when she decided that she wants to sepak she did so instantly. Some kids are really just born listeners it doesn't mean that they can't they are just waiting for the right time, don't force him, you just keep on talking and I can promise one day you'll hear Mommy I'm hungry!!!! Liesl

Emilie - posted on 10/22/2009

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My nephew didn't start talking well until he was around 21/2 or 3, his younger sister is 5 now, she just started kindergarten and she is in speech therapy because she is on the level of a 2 year old. Sometimes nothing has to be done and sometimes they need therapy, sometimes it might be their hearing.

Hanah - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son is almost 2 and a half and has a vocab of 4 words. I spoke to my peditrician and he was placed in speech therapy.

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