My 2 year old daughter won't speak at ALL

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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So our daughter just turned 2 this month and unlike our now 11 year old son, she doesn't speak at all.... She points to everything she wants or will pull our hands and guide us to whatever she wants. For example if she wants fruits, juice, etc. She'll pull us and guide us to the refrigerator. We have a speech therapist coming next week... My husband & I are freaked out... We never had this issue with our son. We kind of feel like not having her in daycare kind of prevents her from progressing like our son did. We had our son at a young age so we had no choice but to bring him to daycare earlier than I would've liked. Now in our 30's my husband works nights so he's able to be with her during the day, and when I arrive home from work it's usually later in the evening which doesn't give me much time since I have to pick up the house, cook dinner, and get both kids ready for bed... Any suggestions...

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Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2016

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Thanks Raye. Good idea. Nothing better than repetition :-) I do know I must stop with the baby talk... I'm really bad... I feel like that enables her... Thanks for your response!

Raye - posted on 02/24/2016

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Parents should be working with kids to develop verbal skills. Talk to the child all the time, and describe in simple terms (not baby talk) what you're doing. "This is how we sort clothes," "This is how we wash dishes." Hold up things and say what the item is. Before you give her anything that she gestures for, say the name of it. Don't put too much pressure on her to say it, and if she makes a noise that sounds close to the name, then praise her for trying and say the name again...
Child: (motions to juice)
Parent: "Juice" (hold it up) "Now, you try to say 'Juice' "
Child: "duce"
Parent: "That's a good try. Here's your JUICE." (hands it to child)

If you scold the child for getting it wrong, that may make them afraid to try new words.

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