Any one have kids with speech delays?

Tiffany - posted on 01/21/2012 ( 133 moms have responded )

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Just wondering if anyone has had children with speech delays. My daughter is 17 mos. And just started therapy services. Im wondering how successful this will be. i am very concerned because my daughter does not name any objects yet, but she does understand what we are saying. Any thoughts?

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Samina - posted on 11/25/2012

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I have a daughter of 2 years and 5 months old. she does not talk yet. she says baba, mama, ta ta and da da. but when i say her to repeat what i say, she says baba instead of repeating my word. I am also worried about her.

Dawn - posted on 11/06/2013

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one thing that i find extremely frustrating is that if you try to search online what you can do to help improve your child's speech if they seem to not be able to say anything hardly after 2, every web source says "consult a speech therapist". it's maddening. beyond so. because my son is seeing a speech therapist now and, she's actually his second, but he still hasn't been diagnosed and even though the feedback seems to be optimistic, i don't know how he would be perceived by a professional. his doctor has noted that he doesn't appear to have any health problems, and he is healthy so far as i can tell with no signs of autism and the like. but for him, it seems to me that he has a pronounced lack of interest in learning to talk, even though i feel as though i talk myself mad talking to him in the hopes that that interest will spark. if you try to get him to say something, he positively WONT, won't even TRY. just look at you and smile, perhaps, and if you try to focus his attention on smtg abstract like colors or pictures, it's obvious that he can't differentiate what it is you're pointing *to*, exactly. he merely sees you pointing, in general, and will try to imitate you pointing, but so far as i can tell there's no connection between the lines or images on the page and what you're saying along with it in his mind. and that frustrates me because i don't know what to do to get him to make that connection. tried getting non-distracting toys, and getting him to interact and outline the picture as i say its name, with his finger, but to no avail thus far. my son is now 2 and a half, and i am so worried that i have cried over this. he is bright and perceptive in all other areas, and imitates in all other regards. he hums his ABCs, and i've heard him sing the ABCs remarkably clearly (he will speak every now and then a word or phrase if he knows you're not actively paying attention) and he does recognize actual objects. if you give him commands, like "throw this in the trash can" or "it's time for bed" or "give mommy/daddy a hug/kiss" or "set this on the table" or "put your pants/shoes/socks on" or "wipe the table" or "wipe your face" or "bring me a diaper/comb/whatever object" or "i'm about to vacuum" or "sit down and be still" or "put the plate in the sink", etc., he understands whole commands. so i know there's comprehension there, but i'm worried about the more abstract concepts, like colors or shapes, because so far as i can tell, he isn't able to recognize these attribute-specific words, and honestly until he's actually talking talking i fear that i won't be able to know to what extent he notes these characteristics. Does anyone have any advice or a suggestion as to what i can do to aid him? i feel as though i'm failing my kid, and that i don't know what to do to encourage his interest in talking regularly. So far the only thing that's consistent talking-wise (he's said about 20 distinct things to date, but with little repeat; not counting him humming or "singing" along to his favorite songs like The Itsy Bitsy Spider, etc.) is that when he wants something he'll point to it and go "Na maa?"
It's kind of a variation on "mama", which he's said a few times before, but the way he says it is distinctly inquisitive.
What do you guys think? And if you made it this far down, God bless you and i really appreciate you taking the time to read all of this!!!!

Zakia - posted on 11/21/2012

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hay i have the same problem and 17 month is good age to start notice stuff about ur child my son was 18 month and just said baba and mama that's all but we didn't think its big deal he's my first no kids in the family he's the only one very spoiled ... then we start notice that he changed allot keep moving very active with no words improvement ... and stop saying mama only baba ... so his doctor said we should call early intervention as soon as we can .. we start when he was 24 month ,he got all the therapy he needs for one year and he did very good more words and understanding they are very good. we did all the test for him last doctor said he might have BDD-NOS but he's not sure cause u know he still young and have slight sign of it maybe it will change by time .. but he need to interact with other kids ,so he recommended put him in school so he can get more help.. the early intervention help us allot in this, they called the school get him in get all the services he needs the speech the occupational therapy ... he's there now for 2 month and u want believe how much he changed he become more talker sings dance like other children in his age still no full sentences ,,, but u don't believe how happy i am when he come back from school and say HI MAMA HOW R U ? a year ago i would dream to hear mama from him its like an angel call me :))) ... im so happy and thanked god every day that we catch him early... cause as the doctor said every thing is easy fixed before 5 years :))



i just want to share my story with u and with all ,,, just to tell u keep ur eye on her don't say its not big deal or she still 17 month always remember the sooner the better :))

Rozanne - posted on 03/19/2014

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I am a SLP and recently made 2 videos that address some of the questions that I see posted here. One of the videos is all about late talkers - those children who aren't yet speaking and what to look out for to decide if the child is just a late talker or if there is something that needs therapy and help. I hope you find these videos useful. I made them especially for parents looking for more information.

Sam - posted on 11/25/2012

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Hi I'm in exactly the same position as you. My son has just been diagnosed with apraxia at 17mths. He has only had two speech therapy sessions so far but have now booked for twice a week.



I currently am feeling very unsure about the whole thing :(

He doesn't name any objects with recognisable words. I understand his gestures and some of his sounds. I feel like he doesn't even try and copy me when I try do any of the speech exercises, he's completely uninterested :( I feel hopeless!



At this point I really have no idea when my son will speak. I get very tearful when I hear or see other little toddlers talking. I feel like I have done something wrong. Why is my child not talking???

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Say - posted on 04/01/2014

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My son is 2 1/2 years old and I had a little feeling early on around when he was almost 1 that there was a little delay in his speech. Now I know that all kids develop differently at each owns pace, however I have other kids that began saying more words at an early age whether it was clear or not. Also another one of my kids had a speech delay, and I saw the same sign in my now 2 1/2 year old. Now, at 1 his doctor said that he should have been saying about 6 -10 words. If I can remember correctly. He was only saying about 4. At this point my husband and I were saying that he will learn when he's ready. I'm a firm believer however, I'm keeping an eye out and working with him to broaden his vocabulary. His doctor recommended I contact early intervention. Now my at the time 1 year old was not much of a speaker, however he can write a few letters and numbers and draw stick people. He would hold the pencil as if he had been writing for years. Now he started writing letters A H S and O's. He could also sing his ABC's. After some time he mastered the alphabet and can identify and write all the letters. Also, he was able to count to 20 by 1 1/2. All the while not speaking in many sentences or saying many words. Now, by the time he turned 2, he was spelling words, writing words, numbers, identifying shapes colors, animals..etc now I'm asking his doctor how is it that he is able to know his ABCs write them..know his numbers , write his numbers draw stick figures at the age of 2,but now be able to say many words outside of that? she had no answer for me except that instead of grasping the speaking he grasped other talents early on???? I'm not sure what it is about letters and numbers but when he see either it's like it just pulls him in and he will stop whatever he is doing so he can read the letters or numbers. Currently, he is in a mode where he want to master the spelling of every word. He spells and write dog, duck, banana, Jesus, book, pizza, cat, pig, and many other words.and if you ask him to draw something he can do it. he will also draw and write the same thing you do. I did finally reach out to early intervention and he has had about 3 sessions thus far. He has been saying more words prior but "not enough" for the doctors. Now I do believe that he needs a little help with finishing off his words because when he says dog he leaves off the ending so it sounds like daw. now if he spells it he will enunciate like da aawg..sound it out then spell it. He likes to use the sounds that the letters make, but just like the word dog he leaves off the ending sounds of words. I do believe that he can say more words than he does but he can be stubborn at times and if I ask him to say a word he will say no, which is his favorite word lately. He is so smart and advanced, but its just that he is a little behind with speaking...sometimes when I ask him to say a word he uses his hands and spell it out in the air. One of things that I really really want is for him to call me mommy. I haven't gotten that from him yet.
I know this is a lot to read and I appreciate you for taking the time out in reading my novel..lol I'm just wondering if anyone has a child or knows of a child like mine with the delayed speech but is able to do all these other things that is too advanced for his age.

Joan - posted on 03/24/2014

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My grandchild does at two and a half. He just started speech therapy but wondering how up he can attend preschool at three without speaking

Christina - posted on 02/05/2014

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hello im In need of help my son is 2 and a half and doesnt talk only some words .when he was 7 months he had surgery for tubes and his tongue cut due to hearing loss and being tongue tied. Im worried dr said his hearing is fine and it is speech delay. He doesnt point,he doesnt label if he wants something he will bring it to you or bring you to it. Its very frustrating I try to sit down and teach him things but he doesnt want to sit stil I dont think hes even understanding me he gets very frustrated if he cant complete a task and has alot of difficulty with transitioning we are working with ei he has had 2 appts so far and they want me to take him to classes for socialization I really feel like a failure as a parent I try and try and just seems like hes not getting what im saying one tube is stil stuck in his ear we are waiting for it to fall out .we took him to cndc and the said they cant diagnose him now becuase he needs constant ei services speech, ect he says only 7 words and babbling most of the time I need some relief any stories?

Jane - posted on 02/04/2014

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My son is nearly 2.5 and had language delay. I'm really worried he maybe autistic. He doesn't seem interested at all. Anyone with any help or ideas on how I can get my little boy to talk, please write to me.

Valerie - posted on 02/01/2014

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My now 3yr old has been in speech for around a year now if she takes her time you can make out the words for the most part. But she gets frustrated or tired and whiney and she can't make ineligible words. My daughter leaves off the first and last part of the word sounds so it gets tough. Though she has a hard time talking she is able to follow instructions. She can now make animal sounds where she never did. It's a rough road ahead and you will get frustrated and run across the occasional A $$ but all that matters is your child knows they are not alone or inadequate they are all gifts from God and each one of them destined for something great.

Julia - posted on 01/28/2014

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i have the same problem our baby girl is now 2 years & a half , she understands every single word pretty well but she does not want to speak any , she knows baba , mama, come here , bye, these easy - one word words , we asked a doctor if she needs a therapy services but he said no need because we are living in another country not our homeland so she doe not listen to her own language except from us we have to talk to her more & more "we do that all the time ", she has to go to the kindergarten to play with kids "kids motivates each other"so we will now she is ready to go there this year , i started potty training for her hoping this will encourage her to depend on her self & start talking , asking , expressing what she wants
she is stubborn she does not like to learn anything by force "if i tell her come here to play with me , name her the animals etc she gets angry & leave the play area "
we try everyday to make her speak , express , i repeat time & time again as if i am not understanding what she wants in order to make her speak & tell what she wants as the Doctor says
any ideas

Julia - posted on 01/28/2014

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i have the same problem our baby girl is now 2 years & a half , she understands every single word pretty well but she does not want to speak any , she knows baba , mama, come here , bye, these easy - one word words , we asked a doctor if she needs a therapy services but he said no need because we are living in another country not our homeland so she doe not listen to her own language except from us we have to talk to her more & more "we do that all the time ", she has to go to the kindergarten to play with kids "kids motivates each other"so we will now she is ready to go there this year , i started potty training for her hoping this will encourage her to depend on her self & start talking , asking , expressing what she wants
she is stubborn she does not like to learn anything by force "if i tell her come here to play with me , name her the animals etc she gets angry & leave the play area "
we try everyday to make her speak , express , i repeat time & time again as if i am not understanding what she wants in order to make her speak & tell what she wants as the Doctor says
any ideas

Katherine - posted on 01/26/2014

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IF any one here need some one to talk to about their child with speech delay feel free to write to me My 27 month old boy has been on speech therapy since he was 18 months progress iffy because they found out that in fact it wasn't his speech that was affected it was that he had central hearing loss,he communicates thru sign language pretty good and now started to mention some words still under 10 but better than nothing, but I have found lot of fun things you could do to help with the speech I am not a teacher or no body with a degree I am a mother of 4 wonderful boys all with disabilities. my 6 year old has speech delay,ADHD & autism 9 year old twins with lots of medical problems also. I am a 28 year old single stay at home Mom and I know a lot of you out there might just need some one to vent or/& talk too Hey I do.Hugs and kisses keep your head up and don't let the door that closed be you last stop keep climbing and you'll find that a window is always open :)

Gillian - posted on 01/17/2014

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Hi, my daughter, Tiffany wasn't talking except for about 10 words, and only I knew what they were. i was assured that once she started preschool at 2 years and eight months I wouldn't be able to stop her babbling. Not so even though she had two very verbal brothers. She started school for the language impaired when she turned four. She smiled for the first time when she got off the bus the first day of school when she returned to the daycare. Her good friend, Robbie, it turns out was NOT language impaired, but DEAF. They didn't know this for about two years unfortunately for this little girl. So, number one, make sure your child is hearing okay. Get them tested. If it is language impairment, look in the DSM V to see what the symptoms are for autism or go online, and the be your child's advocate. I was told Tiff would be periodically institutionalized for the rest of her life at age nine. What! Over my dead body. I was able to have her tested at Stanford by a psychologist. The psychologist said if the players would have come together when Tiff was a child they would have realized she was autistic. I was not told that my daughter was autistic until tested at age 39. Yes, you read right, 39 years old. Upside is that I fought the county on her placement, convinced the language teacher to downplay what she couldn't do, and play up what she could do, and she blossomed. Tantrums decreased, and he self-esteem increased. She finally moved out on her own at age 35. She has help through San Andreas Regional Center. I applied three times for her. She has worked at Trader Joe's for 18 years, walks her dog, Sparky, with a friend who is also autistic, and feels less confused about who she is, and why she is the way she is. Now she educates people she works with, and people who come into the store with their own autistic child. By the way, sign language helped her read. Without it she cannot read. She also cannot spell, etc. Hope this helps, and encourages and inspires those parents who fear the worse. Tiff also just realized her dream of going to a sports camp. I found one in Colorado. It is called Extreme Sports Camp. Check it out. Hope this helps Tiffany. By the way, when I named my daughter, I was living in Germany, and no one was named Tiffany. Ironic, huh!

Nicola - posted on 11/19/2013

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Hi ladies ,
I have just taken my daughter who is 2yrs 8 months to the peads as she says absolutely nothing , she just points and says "uh uh "..... up until now I have been told children progress at their own pace ( I noticed when she was small that she just sat and did nothing ) .. where I agree with this to a certain point , I think you know your own child and if u feel they are not progressing at the right pace you should get them checked .
My daughter is now waiting for blood tests and a SEN nursary to see if this could improve her speech .
I feel for any parent who is having to cope with situations like this as I have been trying since my daughter was 1 and a half just to be brushed aside .
Good luck to you all

Halee - posted on 06/05/2013

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My son just turned 3 and is still progressing in his therapy. Speech therapy is an amazing resource, though it is very time consuming. My son began therapy shortly after his second birthday and a little over a year later, he knows many words but getting him to speak is the difficult part. Patience and praise are key. Speech delays are no big deal. My son's comprehension and problem solving are amazing so it kind of evens out :) Best of luck!

Monica - posted on 06/03/2013

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My son been getting services since he was 3, he couldn't say words right and couldn't tell us colors shapes or numbers. He has made strides but now heading into kindergarten he soooo qualifies for services for his speech delay and has been diagnosed hyper active so they will work with him on that as well non medicated pet my request

Dawn - posted on 06/01/2013

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My daughter has speech delays. I got her into early intervention when she was 2 along with physical therapy. She has made a lot of progress but is still not where she needs to be. She will be tested for pre-school where I hope she will continue to get services when she ages out. I am also looking into continuing privately so she gets more, even if it means paying out of pocket. I do whatever I can with her, pointing things out and saying them waiting for her to repeat them. Just remember that every child, even if they are siblings, will develop at different rates. Just keep working with your daughter as much as you can inbetween the sessions. Oh, my daughter starting verbalizing the alphabet with the Leap Frog "Letter Factory" video. Keep your chin up. Stay positive for her. She'll get there.

MissMommyMay - posted on 05/31/2013

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Good luck with early intervention.
But remember to do as much interaction with her as possible and some children are just slower than others at picking things up. Never give up!
: )

Rhiannon - posted on 04/03/2013

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Our 4 year old son was in early intervention for speech among other things since he was a year old until he aged out last year. It helped greatly for him to have therapy. I think the earlier the help begins the better. Good Luck!!!

Beth - posted on 04/03/2013

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My son started speech therapy at 2 years old. I had him evaluated and signed up at 18 months but due to started a new job and a delay in relocating he didn't get to start right away. It has been a long rough road but we are seeing so much improvement. My son finnaly started calling me Mommy just before he turned 3. I will never get tired of hearing it! He is 3.5 now and we are still getting Speech Therapy 1x a week, Occupational Therapy 1x a week and Special Instruction 2x a week. They come to my son's daycare/ preschool and it is wonderful. My son hasn't been diagnosed with anything yet but we did have tubes put in his ears about a year ago and saw a huge improvement after that. It is still hard when I go to pick him up at school and his classmates are asking me questions and having conversations and my son still only says a few words here and there and no sentences. I am hoping he catches up in time for kindergarden. I am in Philly and they can't go to school if their birthday is after Sept 1 (my son's is Dec 9) so he has an extra year. Potty training has been pretty frustrating and we are still trying that. Right now we are working with him on learning some sign language hoping he will tell us when he needs to go. So good luck to all the moms out there being advocates for their kids and spend countless hours in meeting on the phone and emailing the school, service coordinators and therapist.

Aaisha - posted on 11/25/2012

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hi,

my son does not speak a word, he is 30 months old.

his hearing seems to be fine , because when I switch on the baby tv he comes running from other room.

he does not respond to his name as yet.

he indicates to me that he needs water by giving me cup.

he sings in his own language, sometimes even screams happily.

but he has not spoken even one word till now.

do I need to worry?



aaisha

Kristi - posted on 11/24/2012

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Stephanie, you need to make his doctor listen! He probably qualifies for free speech therapy!

Kristi - posted on 11/24/2012

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Continue with the speech therapy. Do everything you can. Blow through straws with her, make her ask for what she wants. It's a hard road but totally worth it. My son is only 3 and still having issues but we started getting much more intense about it 9 months ago and it's really helping. for more of his story, you can view http://www.findingninee.com



Best of luck and remember there are SO MANY worse things out there that moms are dealing with :)

Sophia - posted on 11/20/2012

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my son talked up until he was 2 then stop..... yes speech therapy help .. also putting him in a daycare for kids with special needs worked wonder... he talk at 4 years old... dam can he talk.

Danielle - posted on 11/20/2012

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@ Amanda - Your son sounds somewhat like my now 8 yr old son. My son started school at 2.5 & speech at 3. He would only speak to his sisters, me, my husband & a few other people. He had trouble learning to read (couldn't sound out words) and, while he would focus forever on something he wanted to do, following directions & paying attention in class wasn't really his strong point. Kindergarten was a little rough, but luckily he had a great teacher who was willing to work with him & give him some leeway. My son also has OCD and transitions have always been an issue for him. We lived right across the street from school, so I didn't have to worry about bussing. But he did go to a center-based early intervention program that bussed him to & from.



As far as Kindergarten, I would just suggest being very pro-active. Speak with the teacher about your concerns. Don't wait for him/her to have a problem, and then say you were concerned that might happen. Make sure the school knows he has an IEP & is getting speech now. Give them a copy of his IEP when you register him. Since my son went to a center-based EI program, our school district evaluated him and identified him for speech services before he started school. But I know that in Philly, that doesn't happen if the child is just receiving regular EI services.



As for the bus, I don't know what to tell you... Except to speak to other parents in your neighborhood & see what they think of the bus service. I wasn't concerned with my son taking the bus for early intervention, but they picked him up & dropped him off at our house & had aides on the bus to help the children on & off. That doesn't happen on a regular school bus.



Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 11/16/2012

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My son will be 5 in March. He is getting ready to begin Kindergarden. He has been recieving speech therapy since he was 2. I have seen a lot of improvment in his talking. He still has a lot of troubel talking with me and making complete sentences or trying to explain his self. He has also been in preschool since he was 2.5 so he knows the school type routine. He has trouble following directions and writing. Will this be a major problem once he starts school? I know they will continue to offer him therapy once he starts school. Do you think its a good idea to let him ride the bus? The bus turns around in our yard. Someone please help.

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My 4 year old was like your daughter. By the age of two, my daughter could only say a few words and those were made up of mostly vowel sounds and their meaning was pure guess work. I managed to get her referred for a speech assessment not long after her second birthday. A speech delay was diagnosed and she has had speech therapy ever since. She has recently started full-time reception here in the UK (like Kindergarten, only all day) and she gets speech therapy in both one-on-one and group sessions. She also attends a social group which helps because it's a smaller group of children. She is confident and talkative and I thank the school for that (she attended the same school for pre-school last year). She still struggles with articulation. She replaces a lot of her initial consonent sounds with the "h" sound for some reason. She has improved though. She went from hardly saying any consonent sounds to saying quite a few, although rarely at the beginning of a word. She still needs help but we can see that she has improved. Her understanding is fine, it is just her articulation. At least at the moment it is not impacting on her schooling. She is even starting to learn to read. I hope this helps. Just stay positive and make sure your daughter gets all the help she can get. It can work.

JUDY - posted on 11/08/2012

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I was always told kids do things in they own time. The sooner you start them in therapy the better. At 17 months its kinder hard to tell but if your first mind tells you your daughter need help go for it, and later on if she doesn't just take her out. The fact that she understands what your saying is a plus I would read and talk to her more and in time she will pick up on it.

Lauren - posted on 09/22/2012

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Stephanie, you and I sound like we are in similar boats. Josh is now 2,5 and says no words at all. He started attending a day care 2 weeks ago and they are convinced they are hearing 1 or 2 words. Does he have interaction with other children etc? I also understand about the stress and blame game....it's a difficult time for all especially as you don't know if there is a problem or not. I would bypass the paeds and go straight to a specialist...are you able to do that? You have obviously had his ears tested and ruled that out? Anyway, keep us updated on how things go.

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hi tiffany I have a son who will be three soon he has a speech delay he has been in early intervention for a year now.I think it really helped hes saying more words now but he still is having problems with sentences and tell us what he wants stuff like that so stick with the therapy it will end up helping you in the long run

Stephanie - posted on 09/13/2012

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Yes, I have a three and a half year old who still does not talk. Only says a few words when he wishes. Please help! It is really putting a serious strain on everything. My husband blames me and says I don't do enough when I read to him when I can and take him for walks talking with him. I don't know what else to do. I have begged the pediatrician on numerous occasions to help, may be get him tested, to be on the safe side, but no one listens. They all just say he grow out of it or he's just little.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/07/2012

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My daughter is 18 months and does say a few words dada, recently saying ninite, moma, kitty, but thats it. Doctor said at 15 months that she wasn't saying she has a speech delay, but that some babies her age were saying lots of words. She only says about 5 words, but I've reading that if they've been working on other things in her case walking and climbing that they may not talk much till later and not to worry until she's at least two. She understands us and makes the baby talk that you can't understand really, but I'm sure she'll start saying more words before too long.

Sophia - posted on 09/06/2012

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my son started to talk and stop --- we found a good daycare -- for children with delays. He talks too much now... however we are not finish with speech. we now get speech in school. like anything in life its hard ti fix when its old. So children need help we should jump when their are young.Your daughter will do well in a daycare that help children with delays.

Patricia - posted on 06/23/2012

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It is good that you are being proactive. Receptive language is something young children develop first. When you interact with your child, he/she is learning about the world around them and is labeling them. Will speech help. You can bet on it. I work with young children and I see the improvement they make with speech services. It is not something that happens overnight. It takes time and patience. It will come.

Rosie - posted on 06/23/2012

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speech therapy is the best thing you can do right now. My son had speech delay and speech therapy helped us tremendously

Heather - posted on 06/23/2012

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She is ONLY 17 months old. I wouldn't pay for speech therapy services yet. I wouldn't even worry about her speech until she's 3 years old. That's when they told us to worry, and our son has speech issues. He didn't start falling behind until he was 2 1/2. She won't name objects yet, as I said, she is ONLY 17 months old. Read to her, sing to her, encourage her to dance. Let her watch some PBS shows, disney jr., and Nick jr. shows. She will start to talk on her own. But I would stop the speech therapy, unless it's free. My daughter didn't start talking till she was 22 months old. Now she is almost 3, and talking up a storm!

Denise - posted on 06/17/2012

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I am very proud of you! I am a Reading Specialist. Speech delays soon become Reading Delays that soon become overall academic delays. You had some good advice to get her hearing checked and correct any hearing issues or issues caused from possible ear infections. Early intervention is the key to success. So many things are connected with expressive communication. Just be sure to do the "homework" (fun stuff) that the Speech Pathologist gives you. Encourage her and make suggestions. Teach sign language (baby sign) and make up some signs of your own. Soon you will see her sign the word(confidence improves). Next you will see and hear her sign and say the word. She will be very confident. Finally, she will drop the sign and just say the word. Keep going and know that you are doing a great job of acting as an advocate for your child. We did it all with my grandson, just like you, and he has excellent diction at 4 and a really great vocabulary. Go girl!

Chandra - posted on 06/12/2012

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I am new to this. My son is 21 months and had his first session with his EarlySteps speech therapist. I am so frustrated I don't know what else to do.

Katrina - posted on 06/11/2012

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both of my boys are they are getting services and improving all the time.ask your personfor ideas that you can do why they arent there they will help you with that.

Tali - posted on 06/11/2012

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Hi,
Firstly I think its great that you're starting therapy young, giving her time to catch up.
I have to recommend that you check out Signing Time, a musical video series (+books, flashcards) that teach ASL, American Sign Language.
However, more than teaching sign language, it encourages communication both verbal and nonverbal.
My children did not have speech delays although they are bilingual and many of their friends did. I write a little bit about Signing Time and why I believe in it on my blog
http://mygoinggreenblog.blogspot.co.il/2...
On my blog there are also links to the signing time website and Rachel Coleman's blog, where there is a whole community of parents whose children suffer from different types of communication delays.
(My other advice, is to just encourage any communication. If she mumbles 'bah' or even 'mm' when pointing to a ball she wants, say "oh, you want the ball".
repeat everything she says, especially if it sounds like a real word, so that she can appreciate the value of being understood.
And another lesson I learnt, is don't demand her to say certain things, because if she can't, she might get frustrated and upset and just give up, rather encourage any of her attempts.)

Lauren - posted on 06/09/2012

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Maegan, I have posted before on this thread ...but just feelso much in the same boat as you...Josh is also 2, says momma and dadda...but for the rest is pretty much non verbal...we have had his ears tested and all is fine... and he doesn't display typical autistic characteristics....however...still worried and stressed....just wish my little man would say something ...

Deb - posted on 06/09/2012

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Maegan, you're right he could just be a late bloomer but if its something else you're getting a jump start on it. And when it comes to speech, early intervention works so much better when it comes to being prepared for school. And if its just delayed speech, he's none the worse for it! Check with the state and the school district you live in. It will be no cost that way.

Maegan - posted on 06/09/2012

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My son is 2 and doesn't talk at all except momma and dadda.He also doesnt point at things or if you ask him whats that or really anything he doesnt respond verbally or hand motions.The dr is referring us to a developmental specialist so they can evaluate him.He does respond to his name but if you sit there and talk to him he rather just stare at the tv or continue playing with his toys.Im not going to worry since he is only two and theres tons of people telling me he could just not be ready.But I will start paying more attention because before I didnt think anything was wrong

Deb - posted on 06/08/2012

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My grandson was the same way. He understood us but couldn't verbalize back. Just baby babble. He started therapy at 20 months, he is now 26 months. Its been great. Just this week he used a 3 word sentence! "I see momma" We were all very excited. But he has definitely needed the therapy sessions to accomplish this.

Gracevincent0175 - posted on 06/06/2012

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my son is 30months old but not saying a word, though he is having therapy.need help please.

Alexandra - posted on 06/01/2012

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I have 3 children and my two oldest which are only 13 months apart are currently receiving speech therapy. My oldest son is going to be 3 in June and my daughter will be 2 in July and I started my son with speech classes when he was 16 months. I've seen a huge improvement in his language and I will reccomend you keeping your child in therapy. I'm glad I was vigilant and didn't listen to anyone that would tell me "he's fine" or "don't put him in that". He's now transitioning to the school district and will continue his therapy through them. With my youngest being only days old I'm hoping she won't need services but will get her the earliest intervention if need be.

Katrina - posted on 05/31/2012

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both my boys are in speech they are getting better. My older one is getting better. My younger one is starting to get more words.
It will happen just dont worry yourself. I had to go through it my first then now my second.
I have done little things the speech person told me,It helps by paying attention and doing things for them to help them with there speech everyday. Come up with games.
A fun one for mine is we have a tunnel they get inside we grab stuff animal you hold it up so they look at your lips then say the name of the animal dont worry about them saying back just upload words then you put it in the tunnel with them. or get cards with things on them and hold it up to your mouth ans say it then let them slide it down the slide.
Dont stress over it if your child loses interest move on. if you push them then they wont want to do it,

Mhairi - posted on 05/31/2012

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My eldest boy didn't speak til 2 1/2 and he hasn't needed any therapy, my 19 month old son has only started speaking, tries hard but only with words he wants to say, and well..... They're not exactly useful lol. I really wouldn't worry about her speech until 2 1/2, but that's just me. Hope all goes well :)

Ann - posted on 05/31/2012

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Samantha, it might just depend on where you are but the program here in Kansas( most states have similar ones) is the infants and toddlers program. They will only work with a child until age 3. And given their name, they work with children under the age of two. They specialize in a number of things including speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavior, etc. If you have a program like that (maybe try calling the school district, that's where our local program has their office) you don't need your child's doctor for it. They will come to your home and evaluate your daughter. If THEY feel she needs help, they will give it to her.

Samantha - posted on 05/31/2012

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Hi,

Sorry i don't have answers just to say my daughter is 21 months and has no words yet but babbles a lot my doctor won't send her for therapy until she turns 2 I'm just curious to know what happens at speech therapy Sorry i wasn't much help..

Tiffany - posted on 05/30/2012

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I know whats one more reply to your 80 already.... well my son started speech therapy at 18 months. he will be 4 in oct. and i see small improvements. i think its at their own time no matter what we throw at them. since turning 3 he transitioned into the school system and he goes 3 hrs a day 2 days a week to a special ed head start. and i hope that by the time kindergarten comes around which isnt for another 2 school years so fall 2014 he starts kindergarten i hope he is talking to where he is understandable.

Ann - posted on 05/29/2012

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My son, who will be 3 in July, has speech apraxia. He has been in therapy for 7 months and was just diagnosed. He understands what is said and follows directions, but he cannot communicate expressively. What he has is a speech disorder, rather than a delay. So for him, it could take longer for speech therapy to work.

My oldest went in to speech therapy when he was almost 3, he had a speech delay. When he turned 3 he started preschool and by the time he was 4 I could have conversations with him! He is now 5 and going into Kindergarten and they have removed him from speech services :)

Really, it depends on why your child isn't talking (delay, disorder, something with her ears, etc) and how willing she is to cooperate with speech therapy and with you.

Gabrielle - posted on 05/25/2012

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Has her hearing been checked? My daughter could hear me but I just didnt know it was so little and she sounded like she was under water they say. She had to get tubes. Her hearing test showed her ear drums weren't vibrating. It was from fluid in her ears I knew NOTHING about. I never even thought she had an infection and I saw no signs! She is in speech therapy and it helps her to get more familiar with more words and teaches me how to teach her. It is a good program. She has a couple words she can say now.

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