When do I need to be concerned about my child speech development

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Brundha - posted on 10/17/2012

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my son is 2years 3 months old but still not talking but he talks in his own way or babbles. even we consulted perdiatrician, pschiartirtist.

Shannon - posted on 05/26/2010

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At age two my son was saying maybe ten words. I talked to my doctor and was refered to a program. They started us out with an "Encouraging Words" class to help us with our childs speech (adding a word instead of listening to the action). They also proceeded to have my childs hearing checked. After the encouraging first words I noticed my son started to say more words. He is now 3 and just went for another evaluation, he is doing great. Boys can be slower but it doesn't hurt to have your child checked out. In my opinion the sooner you find out what is going on (child just developing a little slower or really needing some help) the better/sooner you can help your child.

Jessica - posted on 05/25/2010

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i recently asked my doctor the same question, and she said by 20 months they should be able to say around 5 words or more. My daughter only says mama and dada, up, and bubba. She knows what everything means, just wont spit it out. My doctor said not to worry about it if you can tell the child knows what your saying, like if you say time to brush your teeth and they go to the bathroom and point at the toothbrush. Whatever you do, dont compare your childs speach to other kids the same age. It will stress you out big time. :)

Julie - posted on 05/25/2010

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If you are concerned at all, ask for an evaluation. 2-3 years old is late to start addressing issues. Early Intervention services work best when started early. By the age of 2, a child should have a vocabulary of 200-300 words, according to our speech therapist. Now, that doesn't have to be words that everyone can understand, the intelligibility takes a while to develop. If you (or a speech therapist) can tell what something means consistently, that counts as a word.

Really, don't let people tell you "so and so's kid NEVER spoke until ... and he/she was fine." Even though kids frequently do well enough, some don't. Those kids can have more permanent issues b/c a problem was brushed off for too long!

An evaluation is painless. Wouldn't you rather hear everything checks out ok than worry for another year?

Lyndsay - posted on 05/25/2010

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Around here, the recommended guideline is if your child isn't saying at least 20 words by 18 months then you should seek support. I saw a speech pathologist at that time for my little guy, because he only had about 6 words then, and he was on a wait list for speech therapy for about 8 months. If you have concerns you should get them addressed right away. The earlier the problem is tackled, the easier it is to get results.

Kavita - posted on 05/25/2010

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By end of 2 years the child should have sufficient vocabulary and make use of it. by the time they are 3 yrs they can make sentences and communicate.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/25/2010

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Once your child gets past 2 years of age and still isn't speaking (or has very limited speech) take him in to the doctor to rule out any physical problems (ie hearing, tongue tie, autism). You can start speech therapy around 2 years if they recommend it or you have hold off for a bit. My son is 3.5 years and we have just started getting him speech therapy. Look into what is available in your area. Because my son is past three we qualified for funding that will provide a speech therapist a couple days a week both at home and his preschool. There is tons of help available if you need/want it. But to reiterate, if you child is under 2 years, don't worry.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/25/2010

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Once your child gets past 2 years of age and still isn't speaking (or has very limited speech) take him in to the doctor to rule out any physical problems (ie hearing, tongue tie, autism). You can start speech therapy around 2 years if they recommend it or you have hold off for a bit. My son is 3.5 years and we have just started getting him speech therapy. Look into what is available in your area. Because my son is past three we qualified for funding that will provide a speech therapist a couple days a week both at home and his preschool. There is tons of help available if you need/want it. But to reiterate, if you child is under 2 years, don't worry.

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