Son is almost 2 y/o and is not talking yet

Kendra - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My son will be 2 in June and he has not said any kind of words but mama or dada and that is barely. I have only heard him said those words only a couple of times. His peditrician did recommend a speach specialist at his last appointment some months back, but I was thinking wait and see if he will start to talk. Well nothing yet, so I'm going to see if he will talk a bit when his 2nd birthday comes along. He is babbling about like trying to have a conversation and thats it. He understands what we are telling him if we ask him questions to go do something or maybe point to an animal in a book, but other than that nothing.



I know every child is different, just wanted to see if anyone else has experienced this and have you waited to see if your child would talk on their own, or have them go to a speech therapist. Thanks.

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Suzannah - posted on 04/25/2009

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Yes, look into early intervention services! They will do the evaluation and provide speech therapy if he needs it. The services are available only until he turns 3 years old, so get him started right away to get the most out of it. It will not hurt to have him evaluated or do speech therapy, but it could leave him further behind if you wait. My son gets early intervention speech therapy and it has helped tremendously. Do an internet search for "early intervention" plus the name of your state to find out how to contact them.

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Carmen - posted on 04/28/2009

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Absolutely see a speech therapist. They will teach you how to teach your child. It could be anything from an actual problem, to him being just not ready. I wouldn't worry too much because if there is a problem, and you catch it now, you shouldn't have any worries down the road.

I have a friend who's child still wasn't speaking a word at 3, then one day, he looked at his mom and said "can I have a cookie?" Turned out he could speak just fine, but never had a need too! Could be anything, but worth it to have an SLP look at him.

Kendra - posted on 04/28/2009

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Thanks everyone for the advice.. I will be checking to see what early invention programs are within the city we live.

Amanda - posted on 04/27/2009

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My son is 26 months and barely says 8 or 9 words. He was early intervention for the first year and a half because he was 2 months early. But because at that time he was doing okay they backed off. But at his 2 yr checkup his ped. decided to have his hearing checked and that turned out fine. The dr. wanted to give us a few weeks to see if we can get him to talk without therapy but we go back to see him this Thursday to talk about it.

Shuquana - posted on 04/26/2009

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yes early intervention is the way to go my son is going on three next week and he still is having a lil bit of a speech delay. I contacted early interventon and they have been coming out to monitor him and so far so good!

Lynne - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son is 25 months and says about 80 words and has a number of 2-3 word sentences. Which is the "norm" for other 2 yr olds I know. I agree with the pp'er who said that if you have any doubt have him checked out. The earlier children start services the better. Early Intervention is a great service and best of all its FREE. GL and KUP.

Morgan - posted on 04/24/2009

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Besides being a mom I work with toddlers for a living. YOu should try to get your son into Early Intervention. Quite often speech services can be done in the home because EI stresses natural environments. A two year old should be able to say at least 50 words and combine two words together. You also may want to get his hearing tested. Some kids have fluid in their ears which hinders them from hearing all the sounds but they can decipher enough to follow directions. This would mean that he has fluid but does not have an ear infection so it can go undetected. Best of luck.

Julie - posted on 04/24/2009

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I work with alot of pediatric speech therapists, and they all recommend that if you are even questioning a delay, it's better to get evaluated sooner rather than later. There's no harm in gettnig an evaluation, and if they don't think there is a delay than you can put your mind at ease.

Terri - posted on 04/24/2009

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My daughter will be 2 at the end of May and she just started talking within the last 2 weeks. My oldest talked at 9 months and my middle child was well over 2 before we understood anything he was babbling about. Every child is different, I would give it a little time, he may start very soon.

Kendra - posted on 04/24/2009

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Quoting Emma:

my son's 2 1/2 he starts speech therapy next week all he says is meme da gi and oh nooo,but it could be a sign of apraxa u can look on you tube but its when the child can't ues the mussels in there mouth properly.


Thanks, I will take a look at that.

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my son's 2 1/2 he starts speech therapy next week all he says is meme da gi and oh nooo,but it could be a sign of apraxa u can look on you tube but its when the child can't ues the mussels in there mouth properly.

User - posted on 04/23/2009

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Look into getting his hearing tested,lots of children have delayed speech because they aren't hearing words properly, worth checking out

Julie - posted on 04/23/2009

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Is he saying anything? Mama, dada? or is he still just making sounds? Otherwise, speech therapy might be the root to go. Some kids just takes longer to develop then others.

Susan - posted on 04/22/2009

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My son is 2 1/2 and he isn't talking yet either. Alot of people would say he'd do it on his own, but I couldn't help but worry. So we took him to his doctor, and they are now putting him in speech therapy. If I was you I'd get him evaluate just to be on the safe side.

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