My 2 year old isn't talking. Why???

Jacklynelizabeth - posted on 01/18/2015 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm a 1st time mom and my 23 month old isn't talking at all. He makes noises and points and does a little screech but no actual words. Some background: He was 3 weeks early due to preeclampsia and he received tubes in his ears at 18 months because of constant ear infections. I'm starting to get nervous that there is something wrong. What should I do/be thinking? Thanks!

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Sarah - posted on 01/18/2015

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If you live it the US, contact your Early Interventions Program. You can find the contact info online. They will do a parent requested evaluation of your son's hearing and a full speech evaluation. If he qualifies for services, they will provide them at little or no cost to you until he turns 3. At 3, if he still needs help, the public school system will take over. If he needed tubes, it is likely that is the cause of his delay. If he seems super frustrated that he can't tell you what he wants, teach him a few signs. We used stop, share, more, all done, hungry, thirsty, sorry and please & thank you. It helped a lot to decrease the whining.
His hearing my be fine now. If he only heard muffled sounds for a period of time, prior to the tubes, then that may have delayed his speech.

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2015

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He may hear sounds and not words. Just because he is responding does not mean there is not a hearing problem. I once took care of a child that responded to everything you asked. He was talking some, but could not say the ending of any of his words. If you broke the word down he could say each individual, but put together he could never get it. If you look at how we say words the ending of our words are always lower tone and softer. He was not hearing that. He ended up needing hearing aids to help. Once he got those his speech took off. He was now hearing the words as they should be. Your son might be hearing a muffled sound, thus the reason why he makes more sounds then words and also why he responds.

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Jacklynelizabeth - posted on 01/18/2015

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Could be, and I'm setting up an appt. with his pediatrician, but he responds to his name, and he understands me when I say "time to brush teeth" he will run into the bathroom. So I THINK he hears me, but maybe not.

Sarah - posted on 01/18/2015

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I would do a hearing test. It could be he is later because of the ear infections or it could be that the ear infections did some hearing damage.

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