My son is almost 14 months old and only says:

Shaunacy - posted on 08/17/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 14 months old and only says" Dadda". I have 2 other sons that are 6 and 5 years old now and they were saying many other words by this time. How can I encourage speech growth?

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Amanda - posted on 01/22/2011

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My son will be 16 months old, and he does not say any words yet. He says the da da syllables, but I don't think he has it down to where he's actually saying dada. We told his doc this at his 15 month visit, and she suggested we look into help for him. I am trying not to stress about it, but I know how frustrating it can be. The way I figure it is speech therapy doesn't have to mean that something is wrong, but it will definitely help!

User - posted on 01/22/2011

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Sit down on the floor with your son, and play with highly motivating toys. Label things with one or two words (eg. cow.. moo). Also, don't ask questions when your are labeling things.. children tend to shut down when you are constantly asking what is this, what is that? Also, give choices whenever possible, for example at mealtime give the choice of banana or apple, cereral or toast and show him the items and let him pick and label it as he picks. Your son is still very young and each child develops differently.

Peg - posted on 01/22/2011

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Every child learns at their own pace. Our oldest son started very early talking. He was only a few months old when he started saying mum mum and it his vocabulary grew rapidly from there. By the time he was 18 months old he could talk in sentences. Our middle son didn't start talking until well after he was one and only had a few words mastered by the time he was 2. Our youngest started talking about 8 months and slowly progressed. Our dr said they will talk when they are ready. If they have an older sibling they often take longer to talk because their sibling will talk for them. I found not talking baby talk to them makes a huge difference.

Sharon - posted on 01/21/2011

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Our little man will be 15mths at the end of January and he says mumma, dadda and has just started saying ball. We were getting worried about it too, but were told by the dr aslong as he was understanding what we were saying, and 'trying' to communicate with us (either verbally or with pointing etc) then he'll be ok and some babies pick up on it quicker than others. Just like walking, he was 9mths when he started toddling around on his own. We were also told that the quiet child can be a more reserved older child/adult, will have to see how that one pans out I think.
We've read to our son daily for anywhere from 20-40mins since he was 2mths old.

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2011

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My 16 month old son's speech development is slow also. He can only say "mama", "dada", and "bye bye." He *tries* to say "kitty" & "star" but it doesn't come out all the way. We read & talk together all the time & I try to encourage him to repeat words that I say, but he would rather talk in his own language (jibberish). :) Just keep reading & talking and eventually he'll start picking up some words! If you don't see much improvement in a few months, I would suggest bringing up to his doc at his next appt. Good luck! :)

Kim - posted on 01/21/2011

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We are 19 months and not talking a lot, so we are trying speech therapy...they says keep words simple and when you show them pictures, hold them up near your mouth when you say them. The therapist told me that children that understand but don't talk much are sometime more reserved, quite and observers. Hope this helps!

Cassie - posted on 08/18/2010

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This is normal. every child is different. Interact two word phrases. It is easier to understand. Along with music and maybe a video every now and then..
No need to get worried..He is his own person..When he really wants to he will and it will bow you away..
Best wishes.

Brittany - posted on 08/18/2010

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The best way is to talk to him! My one year old says uh-huh, mama, dada, no, uh-oh, hi, buh bye and a couple of others. I make it a point to sit down with him at least once a day and talk to him about his toys, or how his day is going, whatever. Even if he's not sitting down and paying attention he's still listening and absorbing what I'm saying. He obviously can't converse back with words but he does babble back and once in awhile he'll throw in a real world. When he does say a real word though I make a HUGE deal about it to make him proud of himself. Oh, and we also read LOTS of books. He now LOVES to read with me and has gotten to the point where he will sit still with me through 2 or 3 stories.

Aimee - posted on 08/18/2010

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My sister was very delayed in her speech. She mostly pointed and grunted. Some babble as an infant and mama and dada. She never really had to talk because her sissy's always knew what she wanted, and since we were sooo helpful we talked for her. Maybe this is whats happening. I agree about reading to him ask him questions as you read and I bet he is talking your ear off in no time. We did that with our daughter and it worked wonderfully to get her talking.

Reinette - posted on 08/18/2010

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Hi
have you checked his ears ? Even needing grommits can influence speech tremendously. My daugther is 12 months and she says about 10 words ( exept Mamma :-( )

Jacqueline - posted on 08/17/2010

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READ, READ, READ... one of the very best ways to encourage so many things in children. repetition and constant verbal stimulation is key.

Foxylaydee6488 - posted on 08/17/2010

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hi, ive just read ur post and have a few suggestions you could either try saying other words repeatedily to your son and hope he copy's or you could speak to your health visitor about this...there is alot of help and support you could get out there on this matter
to be quite honest id seek as much help as possible
i only have one child of 4 and a half months old and my pregnancy was a massive shock ( it wasnt confirmed untill i was 39 weeks gone) so im still learning day by day its been hard but im getting there slowly
hope all goes well for you
i wouldnt worry too much though just remember all babys are different and develop at all different stages

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