Speech Therapy for 24 month old???!!!

Katy - posted on 11/02/2008 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My pediatrician suggested my 24month old be evaluated for speech therapy because he isnt putting together 2 word sentences. Does anyone think this is absurd or normal?

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Ashley - posted on 11/03/2008

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No it's not. He should be saying 2 words together by now. My mom was a speech therapist in a school district for 30 years and they had an early intervention person for younger siblings, etc. They often stopped speech problems before the children got to school. This helped them in many ways - not only allowing them to stay in class instead of being pulled out for something, it helped them in their learning skills. If you can't express yourself verbally, it becomes hard to do it in writing, etc. Also in kindergarten they are starting to read outloud by the middle of the year - if he has some speech delay this can cause some embarrasment for him - not to mention the questions of "why do you have to go out during art time?"

I would say to listen to your pediatrician - early intervention of any developmental delay is very important.

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Jenny - posted on 11/06/2008

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My son has been in speech therapy since he was about 18 months old. He wasn't very far behind but they thought he would benefit from it anyway. It has done him a world of good. He is picking up new words almost daily now. I think the speech therapy was just what he needed to get started. I wouldn't worry about your child possibly needing to see a speech therapist...it may be just what he needs to get him going.

Nicole - posted on 11/06/2008

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normal my 4 year old wouldnt talk till he went to kindy now i cant shut him up. he h as 2 older brothers that always talked for him. kids develop at thier own age and time and all different goold luck but im sure you would be able to tell if he had a major problem, but seems like a normal 2 yr oold thing to me

Katy - posted on 11/06/2008

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Thank you for your advice. I already scheduled the hearing test, now am waiting for the early intervention team to call me back. Thanks again:0)

Jessica - posted on 11/03/2008

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well for me personally i've been having my son in developmental program before his two year birthday. i was worried that he wasn't talking and now he talks a-lot. but with my develop mentalist therapy had also suggested speech therapy for not communicating of his wants and needs. and i agree. she also says that around this age he should start making short sentences of what he wants or needs. also to respond if I'm asking him questions if he for want he wants and needs. example of short sentences he/she will say: i want a drink (juice, milk, pop...etc) i want up. i'm hungry. need help.?

I just started to understand short words he says even though they aren't clear. but its a progress but i might have to put him though speech therapy myself to see if it will help a little more. i hope this helps a little of want i'm going threw with my son and maybe give you an idea of what u see in your child.

Mrs. Hannah - posted on 11/03/2008

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I work with speech therapist everyday, and You wouldn't believe what simple things that they can do with patients just to help them speak just a little better. They are such a valuable resource that we don't use often enough. I'm a respiratory therapist in the ICU and they are a vital part of our team. Don't be concerned about him going to the speech therapist. It will be very fine. She just being cautious for him. My kids 2 years and 2 months and 3 and a half years old have speech impediments and have lisps and they've already seen them and my 2 year old couldn't do what your son could do, and suggested the same thing for her and it did wonders, now I can't get her to be quiet!!!!!! too bad!! Honey don't worry! it will be fine and there's nothing abnormal!

Lisa - posted on 11/03/2008

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My 2 year old has only just started talking and can only put 2 words together like dad work or bye bye nanna. He has a older brother who does most of the talking for him. My mum said I was the same I had my sister to talk for me I just used to grunt. i wouldn't worry. But if you get any tips I would love to know

Stephanie - posted on 11/02/2008

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my son has been in speech therapy since he was about 16 months old. It hasn't done much for us so far and he just turned two. My pediatrician just recomended he be evaluated by a pediatrician that specializes in development to check if there is another reason why he hardly speeks. Possibly to check for autism, however he is a very social happy boy! Unfourtionatly if you child doesn't fall into the "normal" parameters for speech they recommend it, although i do think kids will talk when they are ready.

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