Late talker?

Savannah - posted on 09/06/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi Mums!

I need some experienced Mommy advice, please. My friends don't have little ones and my husbands and my family are of no help.
Our son E is 31 months and just started trying to say words. He has followed the milestone chart accurately with all other areas and gave us no cause for concern in comprehension as he follows 3 step directions, finishes age 5+ jigsaw puzzles, he will sit for an hour at a time while I read to him, he will look where we point, point to objects himself, understands much of what we are talking about, but he just wouldn't say anything. He did say "Mama" and "dada" before he turned 1 but then stopped. He was very quiet and worked on other areas of development we were told. Our doctor at the time had no concerns. She got a kick out of how much he could communicate without the use of language. HE made his own signs and he grunted, growled, and made every animal noise sound he could. E has never been to daycare nor has he had many friends his age. At the park he runs up to all the children and grunts and hugs them and points to things on their clothes and smiles and hugs them again, waves hello and goodbye. He can repeat all the phonic noises to the alphabet….all of them. Yet he somehow has trouble putting them together to make a word.
He refuses o call me "mama" unless he is upset and I am walking away or in another room. He calls a lot of things "ba ba". In the past 2 weeks he has finally initiated attempts to repeat words. For example : "rrreh….D" for "red", " hhhhIIIiii" for " HI". "goggie" for "doggie". Is this the beginning of him talking and a positive sign? Is he exhibiting signs of something you recognize or have experience with?
Do you have any advice for this worried Mum?

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Kim - posted on 09/06/2013

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Sounds perfectly normal to me :)

My neices and my child's playmates that use sign language all spoke later than the children we know that don't. It is a language, even if it isn't verbal, and shows communication skill. And don't forget, every child advances at different stages.

My 2 year old speaks volumes, and is very grammatically correct. Her friends of the same age only say mom or dad, and nod yes or no. My son is 5 and still has trouble forming some words, and can't get the letter s in front of words or make the ch sound. But he is still brilliant in other ways.

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Savannah - posted on 09/08/2013

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Thank you so much Kim for taking the time and responding to my concerns! I really appreciate it. Our little guy is quite bright and is a gentle, sweet and spirited fellow. We are anxious to hear his thoughts out loud. Perhaps the wait will make that day just that much sweeter.
Thanks again!

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