my little boy is going to be 2 on feb 2nd and still isn't talking what can i do to get him to talk?


Medic - posted on 01/13/2011




Does he ask for things even if it is just one or two words put together? At that age that is all my son would do. There was apparently something magical that happened on his second birthday that I missed because right after it he would not shut up, and hasn't showed signs of stopping yet now at 4. He also randomly decided to become potty trained and we haven't looked back. Have you heard the saying, " You spend the first few years trying to get your children to walk and talk and the next 18 telling them to sit down and shut up"! I would not worry.


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Gigliola - posted on 01/15/2011




Every child is different and they may reach different milestones at their own pace but you can always help them on the way. If you are very concerned check out your cities Early Intervention programs. The first step will always be a hearing test. In the mean time when he asks for something do not give it to him only because he points or pulls you. Ask what do you want water? grab what ever it is say the name and encourage him to say something even a sound is a start. Also some programs have begun using sign language to begin communication with children as small as 6 months. This doesn't remove speech it just allows them to communicate as they learn to say the words. Also having him in a preschool setting or any kind of gym will help.

Dawn - posted on 01/15/2011




My son will be turning 2 Feb 24th and also doesn't say many understandable words, but he is communicating and that is what is important. We recently underwent a hearing test at an ENT specialist and there is nothing wrong with his hearing or ears, which is a good thing to rule out first. We did qualify for speech therapy which he attends 2x per week. Through therapy I have learned a few things to do at home. First, I have limited his toys to a few favorites and then put away the others to bring out "fresh" at a later time. I havealso made a box of educational toys that I take out everyday for "table time". This is a time, approx. a half hour, that we sit together at his table and play naming and sharing games...what I am really looking for is a response from him, even if it isn't an understandable word. Another thing I gathered from therapy was to use very simple words and use them about 20 times ("Do you have the BALL? Give Mommy the BALL! BALL UP, BALL DOWN, BALL UP, BALL DOWN") the trick is to continue a pattern of speech and then pause to allow him to finish the pattern. I have always read and spoken to my son, so I didn't understand what might be wrong, so it took me awhile to adjust my thinking....I am not doing anything wrong, children will learn at their own pace. I doesn't hurt to encourage speech, just don't push them. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 01/14/2011




My son is 15 months old, I live in the US, and when he went in for his 15 month check up the doctor advised us to contact our state about speech therapy. I will be doing it, and I don't know if this is actually helpful, but I thought I'd put it out there.

Christy - posted on 01/14/2011




My son was behind speech wise and I enrolled him in ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) here in Texas to be on the safe side. He eventually qualified for pre K at 3 and now he doesn't ever shut up! He finally just caught up (for the most part) with kids his age, he's 3 1/2. Maybe there is something like that you can do? It is either free or very low cost. The therapist comes to your house to do the therapy. My son was referred there by his DR, BTW.

Also has his hearing been checked? You might want to do that, too.

Katherine - posted on 01/14/2011




My nephew didn't talk until he was around that age either. He just didn't feel like it. They do it on their own time and you really can't 'make' them. My SIL tried in so many different ways. Jennifer is right, when she says, "You spend the first few years trying to get your children to walk and talk and the next 18 telling them to sit down and shut up"!

Louise - posted on 01/14/2011




There are lots of things you can do but the most effective is to sing to him nursery rhymes. Little boys tend to react better to the action ones like Row Row your boat and a ring a ring a roses and Humpt Dumpty. Set aside half an hour where you can sit on the floor with him just singing talking and looking a large word books. He will soon start to repeat the odd words in the songs and will recognise pictures and associate them with words. Children learn through repetition and fun so try this method first. If you still think in a months time that he is not picking up words then may be you should have his ears checked for simple things like glue ear or hard wax, all things that are easily remedied. Lots of singing and smiles for encouragment is the way to go.

Callie - posted on 01/13/2011




Read to him, point things out and name them, explain/ tell him what you are doing through out the day. Also his 2 year well check should be coming up, you should definitely discuss your concern with his pedi. If his pedi is concerned she can refer you to a specialist/speech therapist. Some children just take longer to reach certain milestones than others. My mom said that I never babbled as a child. I was very quiet and just listened to everyone. Then one day I started talking in sentences, never really did the 1 or 2 word thing.

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