Julie - posted on 09/14/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )
My 2 1/2 old daughter is not talking. Each day that goes by I get more worried. She is in speech therapy 1 day a week for 30 minutes which I do not feel is helping. She refuses to sign. The speech therapist said it is too hard for her and said she isn't going to work on that with her. Our pediatrician says that speech therapy is a waste of time and to not worry until age 3 but I am not waiting. At 18 months we stopped therapy because my husband agreed with the pediatrician but this past May I put my foot down and had her reevaluated at Help Me Grow. She only qualified for speech services. While we are waiting for all the red tape to clear I got a private speech therapist. I haven't seen any results and I am getting more and more frustrated and concerned. She says mama, and dada and bye bye but not everyday. Sometimes she will say amen after the prayer other times she just claps. When a song is on I will sing and she will try to hum or even look in my mouth. The doctor says he isn't really concerned because her receptive communication is fine. He also sai that she is a strong willed child but that is not an excuse. She is loveable, plays near other children at daycare, loves to look at books, climb, dance, enjoys the alphabet, numbers, painting and play-doh but she doesn't talk. She always takes us to what she wants or needs and we try not to give in or if we do we use one would explanation like help, water etc. we are older parents 50 and 45. She was our surprise blessing. She has a 19 year old step brother who is away at college plus she is only home with one parent at a time since we are in different work schedules. She also doesn't have any cousins. Sorry for the long post. I am at a loss as to what to do.