my son is 2 1/2 and is not talking much any ideas

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My son is 2 1/2 and is not talking much im very worried about it we are getting him all kinds of test to make sure its nothing I'm going out of my mind wondering and worring is any other mother going through this or been through this

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Danielle - posted on 10/05/2009

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My son is 2 and 3 months and is nearly talking perfectly, the trick i used is to sit down with him for 1-2 hours a day, reading books, and drawing, and teaching him numbers and shapes. Now he can count to 10 and identify his shapes all before hes 2 and a half. Give it a go, and let me know how he pregresses =)

Jenna - posted on 01/10/2014

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I have 2 children and both my kids were putting three sentances together by time they were 3 but every child learns differently at different speeds just keep talking to your child even if they dont talk back they are listening actions are a good communicator try commuicating by talking while you act it out do and then ask them to do it eg can you get me your teddy bear and keep going from there good luck

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Catherine - posted on 01/09/2014

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He will talk when he is ready my other daughter didn't talk till she was past 3 yrs old my second daughter talked at 2 1/2 my son is almost 2 and fits not really at all. They will talk when there ready if he is not saying simple words such as mana dada cat dog yumyum etc... then worry but if he can say little words Herat and there it's ok he will speak when he is ready also if he is a thumb sucker or still has a pacifier or battle that could affect him a little with getting his mouth in the positions to say words

PAM - posted on 01/06/2014

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you are all telling me your boys and girl do not talk. I would like to no how i can help him. We had his ear check and they are ok . my son no and understand. but is just not talking. if i got a book and i say show me the boat he can and so on. my son will not evan try to say the word. if i say the sound of a letter my son will not try to say it. if my son would like sum thinking boy can he scram.

Shantee - posted on 03/28/2012

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Start off by his surroundings,make sure he fills safe...Then start off by being with him and showing him different stuff.Then let him explore him self...

Susan - posted on 03/21/2012

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My son has caught up in his speech but I've noticed he doesn't like to draw, doesn't know how to jump, won't ride a tricycle and doesn't sing any songs...so I'm a little worried in those areas. At 23 months, his speech was at a 18 month old for both expressive and receptive. He is now 33 months old, has expressive language of a 32 month old and receptive of a 5 year from a recent evaluation test. I feel panicked no matter what!



Speech therapy apps helped a lot! Here's a pretty good list if anyone is interested: http://earlyinterventionspeechtherapy.co...

Nicole - posted on 03/20/2012

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Have you had hearing tests done for him? My daughter has a hearing loss and did not speak at all when she was 2 1/2. Now, 4 months after she received her hearing aids she is saying quite a bit and learning words daily! Good luck!

Kathleen - posted on 03/17/2012

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hi mine son is and a half and has no words yet ? he is also starting ot and speech and lavage how did your we man get on my son would get really frusted if i didnt no what he wants ? i feel it might be austim

Ashley - posted on 10/05/2009

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My son is 3 and I had him evaluated because he barely speaks at all. He was diagnosed as being Developmentally Delayed" and we now have a speach pathologist that visits him once a week. I would have his hearing checked by a specialist and evaluated by a child development specialist as well. It could be that he's just stubborn. It's always good to know for sure though.

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I always said the word for whatever I was interacting with my daughter. For example: when you hand them a bottle, look him in the eye ,tap your own lips and say "bottle" not too fast. It takes extra effort but it paid off and she spoke quite early....still quite a chatterbox. Boys are also capable at talking early, but they may naturally not be as "talkitive" as men speak less words than women in general. keep up the name labeling it will work!

Lacey - posted on 10/02/2009

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I went through the same thing and still am. I was extremely worried about my son's lack of talking but his pediatrician didn't think anything of it. Our state (Idaho) has an infant/toddler program where they will check your child's development for any delays. They checked everything and then recommended speech therapy. He also had to have his ears checked to make sure that wasn't the problem and most doctors will suggest that first. Once his hearing was cleared we were referred to a speech therapist who has been working with my son since January of this year. It has done wonders for his communication skills. She gives him homework, usually sounds to work on or letters, and gives us pointers on things to work on at home. I'm so glad we finally did what we thought was right instead of listening to his doctor any more. If I had it to do again I would get him in sooner (he was a couple months away from turning 3). I know my sons loves being able to tell us something and have us understand what he wants, it's so much less frustrating for him. Remember, speech delays are very common, especially in boys. Good luck, you'll be surprised at how quickly you see an improvement!

Jessica - posted on 10/02/2009

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take him to ur health nurse and share your concerns with her......if she thinks there may be a problem..she will refer you to a speech therapist....usually at the age of 2 and a half....kids should be saying about 20 different words.

Erika - posted on 10/02/2009

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Yes, the best thing to do I to have your child evaluated. I am now going through the same with my son. I was told to use 2 word phrases, so it would be easier for him to repeat. I am now introducing him to action words. I think was also help is story time. I take him to Barnes and Noble bookstore for story time 1 or 2 times a week, so he can also learn how to interact with the other children, because he is so attached to me!! Hope everything goes well.

DeeDee - posted on 10/02/2009

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we've learned that reading and reading can be one of the best speech tools. check out the library and find books that they want/are interested in. even if it isn't in the story ask about things on the page or what they think, talk about feelings of the characters and how your child feels about the book. it is easier to have talk to you if you try to have psuedo conversations. then again, some kids are just quiet. good luck

Maggie - posted on 10/02/2009

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Every child is different. Maybe he's just not a talker. Does he say any words? Does he try to make sounds? Does he understand you? If he does then I wouldn't worry too much. We used sign language with both my boys and it seemed to help them communicate before they were able to form words. It also helped them understand spoken words and helped us understand them before they could talk. If you are really worried then talk to your doctor, he or she will let you know if your child needs more help.

Tracey - posted on 10/02/2009

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I have also had the ear tests and all that done and my son is fine, he is 2.5 years old, he talks but not how he should, i think boys are just late developers. But is is a good thing to have them checked out. Read lots of books to them and speak to them constantly it could help.

Rebecca - posted on 10/01/2009

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my daughter is the same way. she'll be 3 in jan. and so far she's been repeating everything we say. i wouldn't worry about it, especially if you're doctor says he's fine. like every one else says, each child is different and goes their own pace.

Linda - posted on 10/01/2009

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My daughter was 2 1/2 and wasn't talking either. My husband's Mother went to mass and said a prayer. From that day on she hasn't stopped talking and she is 27 now! She was our second child and my oldest did all her talking for her.

Tanya - posted on 10/01/2009

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Hi, Amanda-

My son turned 3 in July and he has a speech delay. His vocab is minimal and what words he uses are garbled most of the time. He gets very frustrated and his temper tantrums have worsened. When he was a lil over 2 a close friend suggested that it could be his hearing. I initially brushed it off but as a few months went by I grew more concerned. I've had several people tell me, including my mom, that boys are slower but he would eventually come around. However, at his daycare there were younger children than him that were speaking multiple 3-word sentences. I brought it to the attn. of the daycare teachers and they contacted a speech therapist for me. Suffice to say, we went thru 2 different kind of testing: one w/ the speech/language therapist to test for speech, cognitive, and physical accuity, and the other was w/ an ENT Dr. for hearing tests. He has chronic ear infections and sinus problems. It took almost a year of testing w/ the ENT Dr., documentation and various antibiotics, which didn't work, to finally conclude that he needs a tube in his L ear, and his adnoids are going to be removed. He has an IEP and is receiving therapy and will continue to do so until he no longer needs services. His surgery is next week. BTW, my twins were speech delayed also and they're perfectly fine now. They're 10. Hope that helps!

Alison - posted on 10/01/2009

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My son was very similar and is now fine. It is more likely with speech of boys that there may be a delay but i would speak to your doctor and be rerfered for an assessment anyway. If he has a good understanding of what you are asking of him then this is another good sign as well. I have alot of book on this subject as i was so worried as well and i could send you soem information if this helps. If he goes to preschool then mention it to them and see if the local educational psychologist can visit him at nursery and write a report, it will then help you get any help you might need.

Erica - posted on 10/01/2009

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hi amanda

my name is erica and i had the same problem with my son leland what we was got goverment agences comming into my home and they gave me ideas to help with his speech and they said to name everything you do threw about the day.

hope it helps

later erica

Arwen - posted on 10/01/2009

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All children are different. I've seen a child not even 18 months clearly state, "I don't want any juice. I would like a cup of water," and I've seen kids that didn't speak a word till they were near three and come out saying full sentences. Some kids are naturally on the quiet side. My daughter is near two, and she understands some really specific things, but she'll still only really say "mamma" and "bye bye." Don't worry. Each child normally gets to it in their own time.

Melissa - posted on 10/01/2009

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send him to a good family day Care. let him get around other children his age. many times we as moms know what they want by the sounds they make from infints. this way he will hear the differents in other children talking and unknowing to them they will develope the sounds and words they both need. some times it is just that they need to slow down there minds are running a mile a min. and have them repeat the word and ask them. Johney do you want a drink? and then say drink and hand them a cup for a drink. have them give you the cup and repeat with them Drink. when handing it back to them repeat it again drink and add thank you. yes i know the repeat gets frustrating but that is how they learn it. same with book, story, eat. you can even add in touching the fridge. drink touch the fride for the milk or juice. put pic. on the fridge and repeat the pic they pick out.

Barbara - posted on 10/01/2009

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My 9 year old now was 2 1/2 almost 3 and not talking and when he did it was all mumbles. By 3 1/2 we finally figured out what it was, running from doctor to doctor. He was born with a cleft palate. There was no facial problems like split lip or gums. The doctors found a small area in the back of his mouth. He went in for surgery when he was 3 1/2 and we were scared to death. Everything worked out, they had to reattach layers and layers of muscle in the arch of his mouth,close the hole that was open and reconstruct the arch there wasnt much of one. He is 9 now and goes to speech class in school. To think of it now its soooo sad we missed out on hearing our baby talk. Our 2 1/2 year old now is talking like a pro and i always think of Tyler and how he never talked. Make sure you look into more than just testing. He might just take longer and when he does start talking look out. lol

Vickianne - posted on 09/30/2009

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I have a son he will be 3 in Dec, He isnt talking much yet. Today he said three words and I am as happy as can be. He could hear at birth, then one day he went deaf. We did get him surgery and he can hear again. I work with him on sounds he loves. Dinosaures are his favorite. So we Roar a lot. I aslo know he has a few words, so I make him use them to get that juice. I make sure he can see my face. I do it over dramatic so he can follow along. My ped, says not to worry. Some kids just are later to talk. And its ok. I believe they will talk when they really have something to say....

WENDY - posted on 09/30/2009

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Hi there. My recommendation would be to speak to your Health Visitor and get him checked. They can refer you on if necessary.Hope this helps

Julie - posted on 09/30/2009

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Give him time! Mine didn't talk much either until he turned 3 (he's 3 1/2). Now he constantly is talking. He's listening and learning before he says the words.

Nicola - posted on 09/30/2009

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i've read yr replies hoping they'd help me 2 my 28 month old daughter hardley says any full words....i understand what she tryin say 2 me but others don't. i had no problems with my other 2 children so think i'm going 2 look 4 some advice about it....hope you get the help 4 your child.

Jessica - posted on 09/29/2009

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my son started talking more when he was around kids who talked good. I think they like picking it up from each other. I have a friend who put her son in speech therapy but it hasnt worked out as well for her.

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If the doctors and tests are saying that there's nothing wrong, I wouldn't worry to much. My cousin didn't talk until she was 3 and my aunt went through the same thing. If hes talking try not to worry. He'll start talking when hes ready.

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Thank you everyone he seen someone today and we are starting speech.,OT and developmental therapist hopeing everying will help him

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Quoting Amanda:

my son is 2 1/2 and is not talking much any ideas

My son is 2 1/2 and is not talking much im very worried about it we are getting him all kinds of test to make sure its nothing I'm going out of my mind wondering and worring is any other mother going through this or been through this






Have you had his ears checked lately? There could be an infection without the ear ache. If you haven't had them checked that would be top on my list.



 



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Jamie - posted on 09/29/2009

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It took awhile for my daughter to talk well too. She is now 4 and speaks very well. She basically the met minimum number of words on the milestone questionare at the doctors office until she was almost 3 . I think what is important is that there is communication in other ways, smiling, laughing, pointing, eye contact that kind of thing. I think getting him evaluated could help ease your mind but if you pediatrician isn't worried I wouldn't be either.

SINEAD - posted on 09/29/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

my son is 2 1/2 and is not talking much any ideas

My son is 2 1/2 and is not talking much im very worried about it we are getting him all kinds of test to make sure its nothing I'm going out of my mind wondering and worring is any other mother going through this or been through this



my son aged 4 now, didnt really say many words as a 2 year old, right up till he was 3 yrs old. Then all of a sudden he started saying sentences, he bypassed the single words, he is 4 now and can speak perfectly, but he only speaks when he has too, I find it very strange as my other three boys used to talk away constantly, if you have had his hearing checked and his ears are fine, I wouldnt worry too much, all kids reach their milestones at different times, just rule out the hearing problem.

Angel - posted on 09/28/2009

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My daughter just turned two but she does not talk much and what she does say it is hard to understand. Almost like she has a speech problem. I had talked to her doctor about it and she goes back at 2 1/2 months for a vocab check-up and then go from there but I can relate to how you feel. One of my friends her daughter is 2 1/2 and she talks so perfect and will tell you everything and mine doesn't. It has me worried to. I did go out and buy educational DVD's for her to watch and I always try to get her to repeat what I say.

Megan - posted on 09/28/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

my son is 2 1/2 and is not talking much any ideas

My son is 2 1/2 and is not talking much im very worried about it we are getting him all kinds of test to make sure its nothing I'm going out of my mind wondering and worring is any other mother going through this or been through this



Have you had his ears checked lately? There could be an infection without the ear ache. If you haven't had them checked that would be top on my list.

Hiedi - posted on 09/28/2009

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I had a similar problem with my son when he was one. You should be able to have your child evaluated by a speech therapist. I was able to find a non-profit organization through a large local childcare center. Just ask some questions. You are the best advocate for your child. My son had speech therapy twice a month for about 9 months. He is doing well except when he is really tired. He is now 3. Start tomorrow and find someone. Someone at the local preschool would also know.

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