How do i get my 19 months old twins to speak?

Jessica - posted on 05/05/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I have fraternal twins, a boy and a girl 19 months old and they dont say a word. my husband and i are very concern. please do anyone have any recomendations? thanks

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Chairettie - posted on 05/16/2011

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I have twin girls 10 months and one is putting syllables together and is a chatty kathy but the other does grunting and yelling. It is good to hear that it is normal for twins to not necessarily start speaking or saying words. Thanks for the post

Angelique - posted on 06/13/2010

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Your twins has something NO ONE else has, that is no one that’s not 1 of a twin. They have their own language and because they are two they can commutate with each other and don’t have the need to communicate to you like a singleton would. I know this coz my 17 month olds is going through the same thing. I had them at a couple of doctors until i got to a doctor that is also 1 of 2. All you can do is talk to them alot and show them books with words and pictures. You will be suppressed even tho they cant say the word (don’t want to say the word) they know what you are talking about. Being mother of multiples are different to being mother of 1. They are completely different to that of 1 child. And the sooner we realize this the better for us. Twins (multiples) develop on a complete different scale. They have someone their own size and age to communicate with and don’t forget that. Hope this helps.

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Sami4002 - posted on 05/17/2011

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My case like you I have twins also and still they don't speak they are 19 months

Kim - posted on 05/16/2011

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I've been starting to get worried about my 17 month old boys. They have said very few words, but do talk a lot and laugh with each other. The older one has been starting to try and copy things I say, but the younger one want's nothing to do with talking to mommy. They don't go to daycare or anything, they are home with mom and dad all day and night. I'm thinking about trying to get them into day care or a head start program to get them rolling on their verbal skills. As much as I try to encourage them to speak and repeat things to me, they just smile and laugh. I'll say this is a cow, a cow goes mooo and they laugh hysterically but won't try to talk. I know my niece was talking by the time she was a year old. Sometimes It makes me feel like a bad parent because my kids aren't where they should be.

Amy - posted on 05/04/2011

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i have fraternal twins girls who are almost 19 months old and say almost nothing. a developmental therapist and a speech therapist are scheduled to evaluate them next week to see if one or both of them qualify for early intervention services. if you are truly concerned, ask your pediatrician about early intervention services.

Paula - posted on 06/13/2010

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i have two sets of twins and this can be very normal, i found my eldest boys had a little language of thier own, they didnt want to share with us. my second set of twins were chatterboxes from around two, but quiet before that.
It might be a case of them not having anything to say just yet, i knew a single baby like that and he didnt speak until he was three and a half, he saw Drs to check his hearing, but nothing was wrong. Maybe you could do that, have thier hearing tested.

Jessica - posted on 05/28/2010

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omg!!!! i wanted to deliver naturally but they werent in posotion! you were so lucky, my first 2 pregnancies i had them naturally and it was sooooooo easy rarely any pain but for the twins , i dont want to remember, it was terrible but the good thing is that they are healthy and growing sooooo fast (thank GOD) lol . they start speech therapy next week so lets see what happens!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Amy - posted on 05/12/2010

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I am also 5 ft. My girls were huge. I had them naturally at 38 weeks. One was 8lb 3oz and theother was 8lb 11oz and they were both 22 inches

Jessica - posted on 05/11/2010

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They were tested at birth and everything is just fine. I had my c-section at 36 weeks and for me i thought they were big. Angel was 5.6 lbs and 19.5 inhes and Brianna was 5. lbs and 19 inches I'm only 5 feet tall. lol . The only problem is their speech. :(

Amy - posted on 05/09/2010

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have you had their hearing tested. I am a twin, my sister and I didn't talk much. But I have twins who are about 2 1/2 and they talk great, they very have their own language between themselves. My twins talked early early, they did everything early. Where your twins premiees

Lynne - posted on 05/09/2010

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My daughter says a lot of nothing but occasionally I catch a word or two. My son just said mama for the first time a few weeks ago. He says a lot of oocha coocha, go go go and da da da. But definately a lot of twin talk. I talk to my 19 mnth old twins ALL the time. "OK guys let eat. wanna eat. Cereal,cereal", etc. After hearing it every day over and over they start to pick up on it. We'll say each word a dozen times milk,milk.... cup,cup.....shoe,shoe... I'm starting to catch on their version of the word. good luck!!!

I just know , all of the sudden they are going to look at me one day and say a word perfect and clear. I'll probably just stand there with my mouth on the floor.

Jessica - posted on 05/07/2010

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Thank you Melissa!! I just found out about that same program here in Puerto Ricois calles Avanzemos juntos. I went yesterday and did allthe paper work now i just have to wait for them to call me back (hope it doesnt take too long). Thank you ! Take care and GOD BLESS you and your family.

Melissa - posted on 05/06/2010

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Most sets of twins will have some sort of speech delay, they like to make up their own words to talk back and forth between eachother, and in general since most are premies develope a little slower. If you are really concerned talk to your pediatrician. In Ohio we have Help Me Grow which is free and offers developmental services like speech and occupational therapy till the child reaches the age where they can begin preschool, which is 3. I have already talked to my son's (7) speech therapist whether I am being overly concerned about my girls or not. My son had severe appraxia (speech delay due to deformation of the mouth/airway), that the doctors kept pushing aside as me being a first time mommy. I was told he was just behind, he would catch up, when in actuallity there was a problem. Most kids will have some form of napraxia, which is just trouble with certain letters, not knowing where to put their tongue to form certain sounds.



Being the mommy of twins, who are a bit behind in speech, and being the mommy of a boy with a severe speech delay, you can never start therapy too early. You are your children's advocate. Talk to your doctor, if that gets you no where, call your local school and ask if you can talk to someone about speech delays, or if they can give you any information on who to call to get your child screened and started in therapy.



My girls are 21 months identical, one speaks more than the other, both make sounds and attempts to talk, but for the most part its Hi Dad, dog, ball. I noticed a bit of grunting and nasal sounds that reminded me of my son that concerned me. So I talked to my son's therapist, she suggested I contact Help Me Grow and start that process.



You may get told that there is nothing wrong and there really isn't, but I wish I would of pushed harder earlier with my son.

Tiffany - posted on 05/05/2010

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I just started my boys in speech. It does seem to be common in twins (mine are 18 months) Mine don't "talk" to each other either. I worry too, but I was told early on to expect a speech delay.

Jessica - posted on 05/05/2010

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thank you gals but the thing is that they dont even "talk" to eachother, they play together but thats about it. im gonna try speech therapy. thanks

Stephanie - posted on 05/05/2010

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yeah, my gals spoke to each other in baby talk/gibberish/twin talk for the looongest time. They always hit their milestones, but barely. I didn't worry about it much. Although you could mention it to their doctor and look into speech therapy if you're really worried. Some of my friends have had good success with that. Usually for 6 mos. or so and their son was caught up.
I will say, my 'younger' twin does get extra help with her reading because she can't pronounce some words/sounds very well. and she doesn't hear/remember the separate sounds very well. She's in 1st grade. But she's improved a ton this year and just started the regular reading program with everyone else.
so, who knows. maybe I should have been a little more concerned back then. :)

Joanna - posted on 05/05/2010

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I have 18 mo. boy girl twins and they only say a few actual words, like uh oh kitty dog book etc. But they talk to each other in what my husband and I have started calling "twin speak" where they will look at the other one say something in gibberish and the other will come over and start interacting and playing or looking at whatever the other had been "talking" about. I'm kind of worried about them too because they arent speaking very much english..They rarely say mommy or daddy.

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