For twin mommies with boy/boy twins ONLY

Lori - posted on 12/05/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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Hey MOMs,

How old are your boy twins and what words are they saying? Mine are 26 months pointing and naming many things that they point at but not saying a whole lot of two word sentences. They try to sing the alphabet but get mixed up with the letters and follow instructions very well. They just started to request to watch Elmo.

The boys are still doing a lot of "twin speak". How about your boys?

Thanks in advance for responses,

Lori

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Dawn - posted on 12/10/2010

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Hello Lori.
My twins are now 14 yrs. old, but oh how do I remember those days. The singing and twin language thing is so cute and unforgettable. Please do cherish these moments because it goes by really quickly. Keep talking and watch the response. You'll be amazed.

Stephanie - posted on 12/09/2010

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i have twin boys who r 17 years old now.. also have a 21 yr and an 18 yr old boys. One thing that i would suggest is try to have them play or interact with kids that r around their same ages that DO speak and use their words...they dont have to be twins.. or even boys for that matter. I know from experience that kids mimic or try to mimic other kids.. and they tend to learn best from their peers. Also when they do speak make sure not to let them get stuck using their whining or crying - make them use their words.

Laree - posted on 08/27/2011

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Well ladies my boys are 27 years and have made me a grandma,but I will never forget carrying my twins Stephen was head up John was head down,Stephen had Johns toenail marks on his back when they were born,the doctor said don't tell him his brother has been kicking him around all his life.lol...my boys never twin talked but it seemed like they knew what the other was thinking they could do things together and very well with out really talking,One day I went into their room and Stephen was standing on top of the chest of drawers,they had thought it out and together pulled out the drawers and like stair steps walked up.Needless to say the dresser went into the closet after that,thank goodness it didn't fall over on them,word to the wise either ancor your furniture to the wall or put it in a closet. Enjoy your babies its a lot of work but the best years of your life.

Renee - posted on 12/08/2010

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I know you must be feeling stressed and alarmed but don't mine boys were that way too. I spoke to my Ped. and she was not concerned at all. If they are not speaking at all it may be an issue but it sounds to me like they are like many twins who sometimes "just know" or we tend to do it/give it knowing what they want. My boys are 10 healthy and don't stop talking. Talk to the Ped. and if they are not worried relax and enjoy!

Joanne - posted on 12/06/2010

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My boys are almost 22-months-old and are not saying any words. They understand almost everything we say but are speaking back in their own language. They've been ahead of schedule in every developmental milestone except speech. I recently started to make them respond to me or to ask for items using sign language. I'm hoping this leads them to asking for things in our language. We read books every night and I work with them using flash cards. I don't know what else I should be doing to encourage them to use our language when speaking. I plan on asking their pediatrician at their next appointment.

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Kylee - posted on 11/17/2011

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My twin boys just turned 5. When they were around 18 months I had them assessed because I didnt think they were where they should have been with talknig but they told us they were fine and that twins sometimes are a bit slower with speech because they can have their own language. Anyways between 2 and 3 they started talking a ton and have never shut up!! Even in the last year they have gone from shorter sentences to longer ones and using mroe advanced words. Like Skylar came home from school and said Mom, I am going outside to collect leaves. Not rake mom but collect. lol I thought it was hilarious:)

Sharon - posted on 11/06/2011

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My boy twins are going to be 2 in a few weeks.. are saying a few things, & says elmo... but they love Trains at the moment so it's Thomas all the time.. or even when they are play dates they play with trains... & yes they are doing the Twin speak:

Lori - posted on 11/06/2011

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my twin boys are 4 years old and they went thru the speech therapy also... my boys did not start to speak until they were 3 years old... one of the boys was severly tongue tied... no doctor would clip it... finally found a doctor that would and once they clipped it both boys started talking... Now they talk non stop and we no longer have a speech therapist... they will catch up... mine still talk in their own launguage... twins in most cases are delayed and you should not worry they will catch up and once the do, they will take off...

Ashley - posted on 08/27/2011

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I have twin boys that are 4 they didnt really start talking till right before the 3rd birthday at least to where you can understand them then they went to preschool and that helped more than anything. They are in second year preschool and still are hard to understand at times only bc they dont unciate or talk to fast. Im kinda worried about kindergarten for them but the teacher assures me she thinks they will be ready come next yr. but since they are boy twins and there birthday is in july i still wonder.

Sara - posted on 12/13/2010

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Mine are 19 months and they say a zillion words, but no sentences yet, and I mostly have to translate the words for other people. Still they communicate a lot with single words. If I say "OK, time to go upstairs for nite nite" they will say "Pass" (which means pacifier) And if I say yes, you can have pass, then Tristan will say "Abee?" so I say yes, Avery will be having pass too. If I give Avery his juice he says "Tris?" and I have to let him know yes, this juice is for Tristan. They don't have a twin language, but they look out for each other and share so sweetly it just kills me. When Santa gave us a candy cane Tristan was too scared to go up and get it, so Avery went and got it and gave it to him.

Terri - posted on 12/12/2010

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Mine are 17 months old and one of them (Marjor) is vary talkative already. He can say around 35 words very clearly. And Jackson has about 20 words down. But they know some sign anugage and they do the Baby Can Read Program and it has taught them alot. They can read about words at this time and we are still working with them on it. They really love the little songs on there like itsy bitsy spider, head and shoulders, and twinkle twinkle little star. But each kid grows and develops at different rates. And As long as you make it fun to learn things they will want to lean. ☺

Melissa - posted on 12/12/2010

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My twin boys are only 3 months old. They are starting to coo like crazy and just yesterday they figured out they aren't the only baby in the house! They co-sleep together but don't seem to notice each other. We have taught them how to howl like wolves and they LOVE saying "I good"! I am a very proud Mommy! I can't wait for them to learn more!

Ceinwen - posted on 12/12/2010

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I f your twins were early and they are not using their two word utterances with different intonation patterns to express different sentence meaning - get them assessed now by your child development unit or nurse whatever you have in your neck of the wood. Use open ended questions so they have to produce an answer. Model the full sentence structure if they are using two word utterance (twin want drink, you: you want a drink}. With regards to twin speak mine didn't use alot but they wanted to communicate with their three older brothers, when they realised I understood their twin speak they would drop those words and use normal english

Lori - posted on 12/10/2010

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My boys are already working with early intervention, and I was just curious as to if anyone has had the same experience as me and my boys. I appreciate the time and effort it took for all of you to respond.

Lorraine - posted on 12/10/2010

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my twin boys are only 9 months...it may be a stupid but would someone be able 2 explain 2 me what twin talk is thx xx

Amber - posted on 12/10/2010

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My twins are 14 will be 15 in June. Its amazing how fast they grew up! They are identical mirror twins. (They are total opposite in everyway!) One is short, the other is tall, one has dark hair the other has light. one is right handed, the other is left handed. when i say total opposite, i mean it! they are my life though! It was tough at the start, they were 8 wks early. One is rigth on track the other still behind in several areas, but with any luck he will get caught up soon... and they both talk constantly!!!

Anna-Marie - posted on 12/10/2010

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I av b/b twins but complete oposites! The one who's been forward and takes in the most as flagged in speach! His neo who's far behind in everyother way but speach and is well now infront....all

Lori - posted on 12/10/2010

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omg lol mine are28 mos they speak well to us but they twin speak alot to each other, and the fighting omg scares me to death lol

Sharon - posted on 12/10/2010

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Hiya My boys are 12 months old & I have one that points but they both are saying a few words but not many

Sara - posted on 12/10/2010

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If you are concerned I would contact your local Early Intervention. (google it, it is generaly done through your county/school district) They will come out for free and evaluate any developmental, speech and motor delays. If they are delayed they will provide services I think in most states it is free of charge until a certian age. If they are not delayed in any areas they will let you know and you can relax. Peds are really great with medical help, when it comes to developmental a speech delays they tend to practice a wait see approach and really catch the completly obvious cases. This is from my expereince and research. My twin boys have limited recognizable language @ 25 mon. and other issue. So they both recive services to keep them on track. They come out to our house or daycare and work with them weekely. the peds are wonderful, but do not tend to take the time to cover such a braod range of delays in that 15 minutes you see them :) But there are great peds out there who do. Anyways in most cases it is a free service to either get them on track or put your mind at ease :)

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It is very common for twin boys to be speech delayed. Boys, twins, and preemies are all more likely and mine fit all three of those risk factors. We did speech therapy with them and it was great and really helped a lot. By the time they tested out they were running years ahead.

The earlier you put them in speech, the better.

Dawn - posted on 12/10/2010

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Hi Stephanie. Twin A is a talker and will speak for the both of them, if I am not paying attention. I love having twins. Never a dull moment.

Mindy - posted on 12/10/2010

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My twins are 2 1/2 and are finally talking! I don't know if it was a twin thing or a preemie thing, but they didn't talk for a really long time! They have been working with a speech therapist since they were 12 months. We had their hearing checked just before there were 2 and found one needed tubes and the other was fine. The tubes helped a ton! It has seemed in the last 6 months they went from single word responses to consistently 3-4 word sentences. It is still hard to understand some of what they say, but it is so much better! They are still slightly delayed, but at least I know they are not too far behind their peers now. Our therapist has given us great ideas on how to work with the boys at home and consistently talk with them and how to get them to respond. It has been very helpful! Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 12/10/2010

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Mine are 6 years old and in 1st grade. Can't remember how they were at that age. But I do know that my twin B boy talks more than twin A.

Stephanie Weathers

Laree - posted on 12/10/2010

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Lori don't be worried on average boys tend to be a little slower talking,just keep talking to them and have them say the word of the object they point to before you give it to them,it will come then they won't hush.No worries mama,it will turn around soon like within 6 months I bet.

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Mine did not start talking until they were closer to 3 years and then it took off. They are almost 5 and talk great except for trouble with pronouns. One has hearing aids and the other has had to tubes because his ear drum was sucked in. THis has helped a lot with the whining and frustration level. They do not have twin speak but they have a few words only they know what they mean. Like "hoinker". At three they used it like the word smurf. LOL Just work with them and get speech therapy if needed and make sure their hearing is good. They will get there.

Teri - posted on 12/10/2010

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I think my boys were very similar. They had single words until about 2 and then they got 2 and 3 word sentences soon after. By three they were fluent. They are now 4 yrs 3 mos and I can't shut them up!!

Kelli - posted on 12/07/2010

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My boys will be 3 in Feb. Just in the last few months they have really started putting a lot of words together, making sentences, They do still a little bit talk the "twin talk" I do have one that is harder to understand than the other but is getting much better. They love to sing songs.

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My boys are just shy of 3 (34 months). They have huge vocabularies -- I would say between 700 - 1000 words. They speak in complex sentences and are starting to understand how to use pronouns (me, you, I, etc.). They seem to understand time (e.g., tomorrow, tonight, yesterday). I would say they took a huge leap in vocabularly/speech in the last 4 to six months. They know their ABC's and bunch of other songs. They don't do much twin speech anymore -- that stopped around 2 1/2, but they translate for each other (one is harder to understand than the other, even for me!). Both boys were speech delayed at 12 months (not uncommon for boy-boy twins). I referred them into our states' early intervention program. We worked a lot on their speech between 12 months and 24 months and it made a huge difference. They are now both "ahead" in terms of their speech.

Celeste - posted on 12/06/2010

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My boys are 4 years. Both are in speech therapy. Their speech has improved a lot, though it's still hard to understand one of them.

Not really twin speak here, but it seems like they can understand the other one more and the other one will "interpret" what the other one said.

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