My 4 and half year old hasnt started talking i tried everything but nothing seem to work,i know he can hear me when i talk to him and maybe understand at times depending on what im talking to him about but he doesnt respond its like he cant get his tongue to the right position of saying words


Lyssa - posted on 02/15/2012




if he's also had chronic ear infections, that can cause hearing loss due to permanent damage in the middle ear. keep trying to get him to audiology!

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I'm surprised his ped didn't refer him for a hearing test and a speech evaluation a year or two ago....

4.5 is kind of late to wait on speech since the majority (certainly not ALL) of speech development typically occurs by the time a child turns 5.

My advice.... get an evaluation asap. Good luck!


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Boitumelo - posted on 02/15/2012




he has been to a speech therapist for the past year and i feel he is not improving,as for the ear testing i havent really taken him for that because everytime when we have to go for our appointment he will have an ear infection so by the time that's clear i will be trying to get him another appointment,his pedi was worried and he refered me to the audiologist,i know he can hear its just that im not sure how well because most of the time when i talk to him he does wat i ask and even though he can't respond well most of the time he does wat i ask unless he is busy watching t.v or playing then he will just ignore me,We took him to a psychologist when he was 2 and half but she said he was still young to be evaluated,he has seen 2 speech therapists so far the other one said maybe he is autistic but the 2nd one said no and i also dont think he is autistic,apart from the fact that he doesnt talk there really is nothing that shows that he is autistic.

Firebird - posted on 02/10/2012




Yea, you clearly haven't tried everything if you haven't gotten your son to a speech pathologist. Get a referral from your doctor asap.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/10/2012




I definitely would take him to the pediatrician to have him evaluated,(speech and hearing) then see if they can give you a referral to speech therapy if needed. It sounds like your pediatrician may be dropping the ball here. They should not be letting this go for that long. If you do not like what your ped says, get a second opinion. But get going soon!

Lyssa - posted on 02/10/2012




he definately needs to be seen by his pedi and have some tests run, and probably some speech therapy. i know "all children develop at their own pace," but 4 1/2 seems way too long to not be talking. good luck!

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