How is your 32 month old's language and speech?

Caitlyn - posted on 12/26/2011 ( 26 moms have responded )

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Okay, my little boy is 32 months. He always seemed to be very advanced and ahead of his age category for the first two years. Now, I am getting concerned about his speech and language development. I talk to him very frequently, try to encourage him to speak words, and nothing. He can say the basics, mom, dad, papa, baba, mine, no, ya, and a few other short words. But, I was told he should be speaking in 3-4 word sentences, and he isn't... Do any of you other mom's have children in the same age category, that are not as developed as they supposedly should be at this age?? I am beginning to get slightly worried, and want to know i'm not alone!

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Marianne - posted on 12/27/2011

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I'd say ask the peditrician for some advice. My son was the same. At 25 months he had to have a surgery in his mouth to help him have more functionabilty w/ his tongue (they clipped his little flap thing under his tongue). The ENT physician told me to stop using sign language w/ him so he would have to try and use words. By 30 months he still wasn't talking and was displaying some very odd behaviors. He had two cracker boxes, one yellow and one blue, that he would move from the table to the floor and back (in the same color pattern) for over 45 minutes, and if one didn't stay standing up just right he would throw a huge fit, scream and cry and throw or kick the box, calm down and start over. Every time he passed by a door handle, he had to touch it. he would sit and stand 3 times before finally sitting down. He was a biter when he was angry. he would bang his head on the wall when he was angry. he preferred to sleep in the cubby underneath the enetertainment center during nap time. he would not potty train either (finally got that far when he was 4 and 1/2) I finally had him tested for autism, but they said while he did show certain signs, they couldn't make an actual diagnosis at such a young age. He finally started talking at about 36 months. And as he began to communicate better, his odd behaviors started going away. He is 6 now (almost 7) and is still a tad behind other kids his age in the speech department, but is smart as a whip. :) He was re-tested for autism at 5 and he showed no signs at all.

I'm not sure what your school system is like where you live, but for me I was able to put him in pre-school (they called it Early Childhood Education) 100% free, through the school district. He had interaction w/ kids his age, learned a TON, and had 120 minutes a week of 1 on 1 w/ a speech therapist.

I see that you are going to see the pediatrician. Good luck and let us know what he says :)

Lisa - posted on 12/28/2011

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My little guy is about the same age and isn't speaking very much ......I am lucky if he puts 2 words together ....I had him to. A speech therapist and they said he is fine and he will start talking when he is ready every few days there's a new word but still lacking very much but he will be 3 in feburary so as long as it picks up by then i will be happy ......no point in rushing him I am letting him do it at his own pace.

Alethea - posted on 12/28/2011

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My son said very few words until after age 3. I was also very concerned because he was also advanced in other areas (walked at age 9 mo. sat up by himself at 6 mo. etc) I made picture books for him (pictures of items and people he knew and wrote what they were below) We would read these picture books and within a couple of months he was speaking in full sentences.

Charly - posted on 07/12/2015

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I'm not sure if this helps but my first son understood absolutely everything that was said to him from the time he could crawl but did not start to pronounce words really until he was closer to 3 then it was literally overnight. My second son didn't have the same understanding as his older brother so early but is now 2 yrs and 7 months and speaks as though he is 4...he uses words such as otherwise, quite and possibly when describing things. They are all so do different with their development and I think both my boys altho diverse both fit into 'normal' realms. Please do not worry as your sons speech will catch up.

Caitlyn - posted on 12/26/2011

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Well, I also talked to my mother about this. She thinks we should give him a couple months!! After writing this I really sat and listened, and he is speaking more than I thought he was. I realized he is saying some 3-4 words sentences, like for instance, you go way. no, mine mommy. Basic things like that! And Esther, he is very ahead in his motor skills!

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Lovenrespect061906 - posted on 01/09/2017

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I am in the same situation of yours, is your boy talking now?

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Stephanie - posted on 01/01/2012

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If you're worried ask for an eval. Keep in mind though even an advanced child gets behind on some things sometimes.

Keri - posted on 12/30/2011

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My middle child was having the same problem. We took him to be evaluated. He has been in speech therapy for 3 years now. It has made a huge improvement in us being able to understand him. If you are really concerned talk to your doctor and get a referral if needed. It can't hurt and it could make a huge difference to all of you.

Alison - posted on 12/29/2011

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My son is the same age and I was worrie about his speech at about a year old so got him referred for hearing tests and speech and language therapy. He gas glue ear so he doesn't hear words the way he should. The speech and language thearpist he see is fantastic and his speech has now come on so much we can understand more of what je is saying. He's still below where he should be for his age but is making good progress. He is going to have grommets put in his ears at te beginning of feb which will also hopefully help. You are his mum and only you know your child but if you are concerned at all go and see your health vistor and they will refer him. Good luck.

Debbie - posted on 12/29/2011

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hi my son was the same. I was told by the doctor that because he did eveything else early that something had to lag behind and that he would catch up and he did. Not all children are the same and if you are really worried take him to see his doctor. I'm sure they will be able to put your mind at rest. Good luck x

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Is he exposed to other languages? My son has native fluency in 2 languages - although he understood everything, he began to speak a little late, but now at age 3 amazes us with his ability to go back and forth between the languages with no difficulty whatsoever. It happened almost overnight. Other issues: Is he in preschool? Being with other children a lot usually speeds up language development. And hours in front of the TV set tends to slow it down.

Kathryn - posted on 12/28/2011

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My son is 32 months and just began talking last month. We put off having him evaluated because both mine and my husband's gut told us there was nothing wrong. Turns out we were right. Go with your gut, but if you feel he has lost ground with his speech, definitely have him evaluated.

Nikki - posted on 12/28/2011

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My son is 30 months and is advanced when it comes to speaking, he has been speaking full sentences since about 18-20 months, but this is all due to daycare, he has always been the youngest in the group and he's picked up everything there . Since he was a baby though I always spoke to him like an adult and i always pointed out and named everything. My friend's son wasnt talking much at allthen she put him in preschool and he is fully talking. I believe the interaction with the other kids helps a great deal. But every kid is different and develops at different stages. I really don't think you need to worry so much, just keep working on it together.

Joanne - posted on 12/28/2011

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my daughter speaks like your son and is the same age, but is seeing a speech therapist and has been for a year. Perhaps your son may benefit from speech therapy? speak with your health visitor if you are concerned or your gp.. Lots of children do not develop as fast as others in all areas, but he may need a bit of help.

Kelly - posted on 12/28/2011

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I would have a chat with the Pediatrician. Just to see when you need to be concerned about his delay. Like how much is too much. He could have learning /cognitive issues or a hearing problem. Where your child is at in his speech development mne was probably more like 16 months. At 24 months mine was using full complete sentences. 32 months sure seems old to be at the same level as most 1 1/2 year olds.

Allison - posted on 12/28/2011

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My friends son was like this. He stayed at home with his grandparents and not overly exposed to other children his age. She had a speech therapist come to help twice a week and it didn't really help. I suggested putting him in daycare for at least 2-3 days a week with kids his own age and all of the sudden with in about a month or two his vocabulary skills were excellent. You can talk to a child all day long, but your tone of voice is not a childs voice, your interest are not always your childs interest and you are the parent...you don't always understand what and why your child is doing something.

Nancy - posted on 12/28/2011

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If you are in the United States, call your local public school district - they should have a website - look for Special Education, Child Find, Special Services... one of those headers are usually used for our department. Call and ask about scheduling a speech screening. Your tax dollars should pay for this as it is a mandated program. Be advised, though, they may not screen him until he is about 34 -35 months old as the school cannot pick up services until he turns 3, if he needs them. At the very least, an evaluation by an SLP who specializes in preschool assessment can give you peace of mind and suggestions for further enhancing his speech skills.

I would also consider scheduling an appointment with an audiologist who works with young children to 1)doublecheck that his hearing is really ok, and 2)give an opinion on the speech as audiology and speech pathology are highly related areas (often an audio will be an SLP, but not always).

If he were younger, I'd suggest looking up your local early Childhood Intervention Agency for assessment, but he is so close to three they would do little more than assess and refer him (you can still do that, though - it wouldn't hurt anything :).

I am an educational diagnostician and have been assessing preschoolers for 9 years as part of a team that includes my Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and other professionals as appropriate, as part of my duties. It's a really great thing and gets intervention services started at age 3 when a child qualifies (and that means if they turn 3 in October and need speech, it starts in October - they don't have to wait for the next school year - 3 is 3 :). If you have additional questions that I may be able to answer, please feel free to message me or reply to this post.

Paula - posted on 12/27/2011

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My son is 25 months and has some developmental delays. It was noticed first at a play group by a resource consultant and then by a pediatrician. He is now involved with a developmental program at his daycare that includes a resource consultant, a physio therapist and an occupational therapist. He also sees a speech therapist and a music therapist. Get your child checked out. He may just not have a whole lot to say but if there is an issue developmentally, having some experts around you to help get him caught up will be a huge relief for your whole family!

Caitlyn - posted on 12/27/2011

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Thank you guys! It makes me feel alot better knowing some other parents are experiencing the same thing. I am going to check with my doctor like you suggested and see what he says!

Ricki Lee - posted on 12/27/2011

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My middle son is exactly the same, he is well ahead in his motor skills but a little behind on his speech. I am constantly worried that we are doing something wrong with him. We encourage him to use his words, by singing to him, making him ask for what he wants not just point, getting him to repeat what we say and so on. We did all the same things with our oldest boy and by the time he was 28 months he could say the alphabet, count to 10 and speak very clear full sentences.

Kelina - posted on 12/26/2011

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setting aside his speech how is his communication? And have you had him evaluated? My son was quite far behind but has finally begun to catch up in the speech department, and he's 34 months, it's really only in the last couple of months though that he' begun learning new words on a daily basis and speaking in short sentences. Before that it was a chore just to get him to say two words together, but he was incredibly communicative, always getting what he wanted across in other ways. Why don't you take him to your doctor and see if there is a speech therapist in your area that can evaluate him and also have the doctor check his ears at the same time.

Michelle - posted on 12/26/2011

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My daughter is the same age except she does everything at about a 4 year old level, speaks in paragraphs and is starting to read. We however have her enrolled in preschool where she is socializing with older children ages 3 and 4 and she also has an 11 year old brother so I am sure this has helped her in her learning. I would speak to someone and have him evaluated really what can it hurt, if there is a problem then you deal with it and if not then you go on knowing he is ok.

Marla - posted on 12/26/2011

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My best advice for any mom is listen to your gut. If you are concerned, have him evaluated. My oldest had significant speech delays and I can tell you that speech therapists made all the difference for us. Even if it's a slight delay, the best thing a parent can do for his or her child is to get early intervention. He may not need it. It mat be that he is on his own path and will have an explosion of speech next week, but I wouldn't wait and see.

Best of luck to you. If he does need some speech therapy, know that it will be tremendously helpful for him and that it has nothing to do with his intellect or his learning potential.

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At that age my son was speaking in paragraphs, but his articulation w/ several letter sounds was missing. I had him evaluated. He had enough of a delay to qualify for speech services when he turned 3.

If it were my kid I would get him evaluated asap. If services ARE needed... the earlier the better.

Esther - posted on 12/26/2011

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My son is the same age and well above average in the speech department (I'm a speech and language therapist). At this age 3-4 word sentences is what they should be doing. I can understand being worried. I advise reading Ayala Manolson's book "You make the difference: in helping your children learn". She has some great advice. An SLP (or SLT) can check if there is a delay in understanding and/or talking and can give you advice on how to stimulate his language development.
It sounds like you are already doing quite a bit to help him. Good luck!

PS: my son is ahead with his speech and language, but his motor skills are behind. When you are that little your energy goes in on or the other. So if your son is ahead in motor skills, maybe that's just where his interest lies.

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