When did everyones twins start talking?

Sarah - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My boys are 16 months and barely talk. The doc said that's common for twins b/c they develope twin talk, but they only say like four things. Has everyone else been dealing with this?

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Lisa - posted on 07/06/2010

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When my fraternal twins were 18 months actual (16 months corrected) I took them to OT for a speech eval because they weren't talking. They said a couple of words, that's it. (And they didn't say "mama" at all! ) The OT hardly said "don't worry they're fine," because their speech was delayed, or at least, right at the edge of the "normal" range, at least, insofar as their chronological age. What she did say was that they seemed to be on the brink, and that if they didn't start to really talk over the next couple of months I should go back in and we would pursue therapy.

I never called her. Although I did stop by with my chatterboxes one day while passing through. They started to really take off, speech-wise, just a few weeks after we saw her.

I was not happy, but I wasn't really worried -- nor was the OT -- because they seemed to understand everything. (And yes, that includes each other. I have a short video of them at about 9 months just babbling to one another, but everyone who has watched it agrees that they seem to understand one another perfectly, even though it's all "nonsense" to us!)

Everything I read suggested 18 months as the outside limit of "normal" -- which doesn't mean that you should freak out if they're not talking at 19 months, either! But I take that to mean that, if you're concerned and they're not talking at 18 months, you wouldn't be crazy to call a speech OT for an evaluation.

And, for what it's worth, Einstein didn't begin talking until he was almost four!

Ciera - posted on 05/25/2010

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Mine are 16 months and I can't get them to stop talking. Enjoy the quiet! :) I heard twins don't typically talk until later. Mine have older cousins whom they follow around like puppies so I think that has helped with their speech development BC I know their Dr said its not typical of twins to talk so well. I'm sure they will be fine. 16 months is still very young.

Jenny - posted on 05/25/2010

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I was worried too, don't sweat it, soon you will want some peace and quiet! LOL! When they are ready they will talk, that's what everyone told me, they are soon turning four and are little chatter boxes now!

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Sarah - posted on 07/07/2010

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My twins started talking pretty early.. They were talking by 12 months.. Full sentances and all by the time they were 18 months.. Yah they had that twin talk too but they only did that to each other.. Lmao the twin talk sounded a lot like a bunch of letters together...

CHERYL - posted on 07/06/2010

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hi ive never thought about speech was more worried about crawling,cruisin and walking! my b-g twins are just 1 and they are constantly babbling and shouting my daughter says the most mama,dada,ta.,baba baby,ball. my son just seems more active. so at this stage im not worried.my friend who has a 4yrs old wasnt speacking well and was taken to a therepst and that was mainly down to polups in her nose.

Angelique - posted on 07/06/2010

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A DR explained to me its because they are twins they dont need to talk to you as they have someone their own size to talk to... (twin talk), and most of the time, unless you have a twin brother or sister, you will never understand them. Thats what they mean with special bond. My two are 18 months and everything is mumma or dadda, and well Sidney twin A calls his teddy nanna.

I have teached my boys to show me what they want by pointing. You take them and put their finger on a bottle of water, or a book and later they will point towards what they want. Besides, running around the whole day after them is enough for now!!!!

Hehe we all just need to stay calm and play the guessing game!!! Well thats what I tell myself!

Crystal - posted on 06/29/2010

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My identical girls are 20mths & don't speak anything coherent or twin talk either. I'm going to get them assessed at speech therapy next week as a precaution (I need hearing aids but they get their hearing assessed because of that & they are fine, but also I'm a single mum & though I do everything that I can (constant talking to them books questions you name it I do it) I always worry that will affect them (ie not hearing normal conversations everyday)) BUT I'm not very worried about their speech - they understand everything I say, can point to things etc, and can physically say the words if they wanted to - every now & then they will repeat a word clear as day out of the blue & never say it again! I spose they don't need to talk because all the need to do is point, whine & cry & I get the message :(

Johanna - posted on 06/20/2010

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My twin boys are almost 23 months and one talks and the other one does the twin talk.

Laura - posted on 06/18/2010

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really? my 2 started to talk at 6ish months.........they have a voca of about 15 words each now at almost a year......they are speaking in my and my partners languages...words from each

Gail - posted on 06/17/2010

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Yes! My twins weren't even talking on their 2nd birthday besides a few words. At about 2 1/2 it started getting better and now at age 3 there are speaking a lot better.

Victoria - posted on 06/11/2010

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i have B/G twins just turned 18 months, my daughter has a vocab of about 10 words including "duck" which is word of the week, she also babbles and chatters to herself and her brother, on the other hand my son barely say anything at all, every child is different and if your concerned you should seek help from your health visitor!

Caroline - posted on 06/11/2010

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Isn't it normal for kids to be saying about 6 words at 18mths and 50 words at 2. So I think your boys Sarah are on track.
My girls are 2 and they are pretty much on track too.
Their brother who is now 10 was only saying 6 words at 2 and We took him to Speech Therapy. It wasn't negative at all. He got to play games and we learnt srategies to help him talk. 4 visits over 1 year saw him reach normal goals.
My other daughter, who is 7, was speaking sentences before she was 2.
They are all so different.
I can't wait for my twin girls to talk more!
I agree with Destiny your boys are still young

Christina - posted on 06/09/2010

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My twins are now 25 months old and still do not talk. I am getting them speech therapy as well as physical and occupational therapy as they are "globally delayed".

Tiffany - posted on 06/08/2010

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Why is speech therapy negative??? It is very common for twins to not only need speech..but other services as well. They usually catch up by kindergarten. I teach early childhood special ed...and I have seen this a lot.

Rachel - posted on 06/08/2010

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Is that what has to be done with twins? Speech Therapy? Really? Isn't that a negative thing though?

Andrea - posted on 06/08/2010

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I have 21 month old twin girls and they only say baba , goody, mama, and dada. However, they understand a lot more than they can say. Don't worry. My girls are now working with a Speech Therapist and are making good strides.

Tiffany - posted on 06/07/2010

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Yes delays in twins are common. My boys (19 months)just began speech therapy. How is their receptive language? That is a better indicator.

Tessa - posted on 06/07/2010

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my twins are 15mth and are just starting to...they both say ta/mum/nana/and yeah.....don't worry they will get there...my 25mth old still doesn't talk brilliantly but she has pcked up alot lately....my 7yr old was a fast learner...

Kimberly - posted on 06/07/2010

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my twins are 14 mths and they only say a couple words and most of them only da-da and I could understand..lol. I'm glad they aren't talking, because then you'll never have quiet again :) They do babble a lot and even sometimes to each other.

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