3 Year old not talking very much. Is there something wrong?

Imani - posted on 12/10/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Ok, so I'm not actually a mom, but a very concerned teenage sibling. I have a brother who is 3 and has a very limited vocabulary and speech ability. He has a hard time pronouncing 2 or more syllables in one go and definitely has not begun constructing full sentences. If he wants juice, he'll drag me and say "ju" if he has to poop he says "poo" and if he doesn't want something he'll say "no dah (dad)" or "no mum." He says other things as well but nothing more than 2 words at a time. He looks perfectly fine. He's a bright buzzing beautiful little boy and I'm not saying that because I'm his sister. He's loud and boisterous and very interactive it seems like he really wants to talk but cant. He often speaks for a whole 2 minutes but in baby jargon like "ababadabadah abababa!?" and so on. My friends say that maybe he has A.D.D or is just a late bloomer and I hope the latter is the case. I don't think he has autism and I know he doesn't have down syndrome. My father is very sensitive about the subject and refuses to hear anything about him not being "normal" but I'm concerned, if there is something wrong I want to know sooner so its easier on my brother. I strongly doubt he will be talking the way he should be by time he turns four in July 2014. If anyone could give helpful advice I would be extremely grateful.

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User - posted on 12/10/2013

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He should probably have a speech evaluation by early intervention.. what does your mom say about it, anything? Or his pediatrician? My son's pediatrician would make a call to early intervention to set up a consult..but your mom could call them directly as well- through your local health department. My son had speech delays, and early intervention was a huge help in getting him ready for school. Waiting until he's school age isn't going to help him. Good luck!

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