my almost 3 year old son is not talking, please help

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Stephanie - posted on 04/01/2014

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Could it be Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
My daughter has been diagnosed with apraxia recently. She started therapy at 18 months and has come a long way. She is still mostly inaudible to people other than my husband and me, though. She now has therapy twice a week.
One of the major signs of apraxia is little to no babbling as an infant. I didn't really notice this part of it until I had my second child, who started making talking noises at about 6 weeks.
I would contact Early Intervention in your area ASAP. They only usually go up to age three. They will give you a free evaluation and help you transition him into school. If he qualifies, which is sounds like he will, then you will qualify for free pre-k with therapy.
Good luck
http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disord...

Guest - posted on 03/31/2014

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If he is not speaking at all, you do need to get him checked out as soon as possible. Does he not go to a pediatrician for regular check ups twice a year? I am very surprised his doctors did not express concern that he was not speaking before he was 2 years old. I might take him to a different doctor if his current team allowed him go this long without speaking, but you need to get him in as soon as possible, so I would take him to his regular doctor first, but go ahead and set up new patient appointments with a few others.

Even though he comes when you call him, he could still be having trouble hearing. A lot of hearing problems result in the child hearing very muffled sounds--They hear all the vowels and no consonant sounds. Did you ever watch Peanuts (Charlie Brown and Snoopy) growing up? If you remember how the adults sounded, that is what a lot of children with hearing problems hear. That said, even then, most children are still speaking by age 3, but are not pronouncing their words clearly, they sound almost slurred.

Amanda - posted on 04/01/2014

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My son was a late talker also- talking extremely little at age 3, and what he was saying was not understandable. I had his hearing checked, which was fine. I then went through the school district and had testing done. He was academically high for his age, so no learning disabilities. So they started him in a speech program- which made a WORLD of difference! His teacher was wonderful. He is now 6 and no one can ever tell he had such a severe speech delay.

Kayla - posted on 04/01/2014

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My son is almost 2.5 now and he doesn't talk either. When he was between 1.5 and 2 I started the process of finding out why he wasn't talking. First I had his hearing checked, which turned out to be fine. Then his doctor referred him to a speech therapist to be evaluated. They ruled out any autism and Aspergers, but diagnosed him with a severe speech delay. So now we go to group speech therapy 2 times a week until he starts a special education preschool program in the fall (he will be just about 3 at that time). Early intervention is key, and you should get your son into the doctor as soon as you can! Good luck. And if you need anyone to talk you, feel free to message me. It's a long process, but you will see results that are worth it!

Sarah - posted on 03/31/2014

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I would get connected with your local AEA through your school. They will have him evaluated for hearing, speech, and other things for free and if they find he needs therapy they will do that for free also. At 3 yrs old he has lost out of some services he may have been able to get due to his age, so I would be seeing his for and pushing AEA to evaluate and get services going right away.

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Sophia - posted on 04/03/2014

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Please breath then take you child to the doctor and ask for an overall assessment then you can get him in a special daycare where speech will be encourage and staff are very educated. I know my son stop talking at 2 and I did just what I am telling you. He is on the honor roll and talk so much. God bless

Hillary - posted on 04/03/2014

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Thanks Mary,
Spoke to my son last night and he is giving a speech to over 1000 people in 2 weeks. All of his words are truthful and have meaning. He is a rare and beautiful man. I am glad I could make your day.

Mary - posted on 04/02/2014

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Hillary just made my day "he will talk when he has something meaningful to say" thanks.

Hillary - posted on 04/02/2014

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Same problem. My son was not talking at age 3. So, after having him totally checked physically and mentally we found a great pediatrician. He said " Does everyone in the family talk alot?" Yes we do. So, at the ripe old age of 30 he now has his own company, and is part of the government of California. Your son will talk, he just will wait until he has something meaningful to say.

Cheryl - posted on 04/01/2014

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Not speaking at age 3 may be an indication of developmental delays. But don't freak out! Early intervention is the key, and it'll be okay. Take it from someone who has been there! If any of the professionals say the words "Autism" or "Aspergers," contact me.

Also, I second Sarah's recommendation to contact your school district. Every district that I've been in has an early intervention program. They want to identify kids early because they know that early intervention is important.

Mary - posted on 03/31/2014

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Thank you Gena, this is just the beginning, will take him to a pediatrician the soonest to check if he has a hearing problem, thanks.

Gena - posted on 03/31/2014

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I think if i were you i would go check the hearing,just incase.Otherwise unfortunatly i dont know what advice to give you.. Maybe some other moms will still reply with advice.Good luck

Mary - posted on 03/31/2014

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His hearing is fine because when you call him he comes towards, when he needs something he holds your hand towards the thing e.g water to drink and if you do not understand him he screams violently, thank for your quick respond.

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