24 month old not talking

Erin - posted on 12/21/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 24 mos old and not saying more than two or three words. Had hearing evaluated and had tubes put in at 20 mos and has been in speech therapy once a week for 3 months. Understands everything and does puzzles, points to items in books, follows directions, etc but doesn't talk, I am so worried it consumes me.... Please help. Thx, Erin

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TP - posted on 01/26/2015

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If not talking is your only concern I wouldn't worry too much. I had the same issue with my son who was developing typically until 18 months when I realized he wasn't talking. At the time I didn't have any concerns of Autism because he was very social and always had great eye contact and so on. He began a few words here and there and really didn't start to take off until almost 4. He had his own way of communicating through this time, just not a lot of words. He does now speak in short sentences but still uses a lot of jargon and does a lot of repeating. He also had other things besides a speech delay such as difficulty transitioning from one activity to the next, and delayed in school which we think mostly is due to his delay in communication. He was eventually said to be on the Autism Spectrum but very mildly. Although because he is so social just not sure if he really is? Anyhow, as long as you are doing everything you can to stimulate her language skills that's all you can do! Wish you the very best! Hang in there, I'm sure she will be talking more than you in no time! LOL

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Ev - posted on 01/26/2015

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That is all you can do, Erin, because in the long run it helps them so much. But just know that even if a child is a bit behind their peers its okay. It does not mean that they are lacking they just all achieve things at their own rate and pace. But like you mentioned with her have tubes and hearing tested that had been a factor for her. Good luck!

Erin - posted on 01/26/2015

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Thanks, we added a 2nd day of therapy this month, so we hope that helps. She has about 5 words is all, so we are trying to be patient, working with her constantly, etc..
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Ev - posted on 01/26/2015

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Erin,

If she understands things said to her and she follows through, points at things, but does not talk much she might just be a late talker. You said she has had speech for once a week for only 3 months. You can not expect her to come to par quickly with just a once a week visit. Give it time to work. My son was a late talker but at the time I did not know that boys learned things slower than girls a lot more, and so when he began to talk good a 3.5 years I was not so worried. He had a bit of his own language mixed with the words he did know so I learned how to understand his needs from that. At home if you want more from her make her say the items she points at to you, point out pictures in the books and make her say them, offer words for things she does not and try to get her to repeat. Most kids at this age use mostly 2 to 3 word sentences at best. So she may not be really that far behind if she is doing everything else that you listed. Like I said give it some time to work. I have worked with kids with special needs for over ten years and have seen how therapy works. It does take a lot of time to get kids to the places they need to be for their ages.

Mommabird - posted on 12/21/2014

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Bless your heart, and hers. Thats a very hard situation for any mom to worry about. Hopefully the speech therapy helps her soon. Maybe a child psychologist could help also.
I havent had this experience with any of my children but I used to babysit a 20 mth old who barely spoke and I think it had alot to do with the fact that he still used a pacifier. I spoke with the mother and suggested only giving it to him at night for bedtime until he was able to be without it completely. She gave in and gave it to him every day. He would have it in his mouth when he got here so I would give him a snack to replace it and then hide it in his bag. He wouldnt have it all day, and never cried for it. He was able to verbalize more without it in his mouth. Idk if your daughter has a pacifier or not, this is just an example of things that delay speech that Ive experienced.
Hope you see progress soon. Sounds like youre doing all you can so far.

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