Need advice for my almost 3 year old who is not talking!!

Becky - posted on 01/23/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a son who is going to be 3 in 4 months. He is over all a healthy child who is happy most of the time. When he was a baby we were always commenting on how much he laughed and smiled at us. Now at a little over 2 1/2, he is still generally a happy kid, but gets very frustrated and upset because he cannot communicate his needs or wants. He is saying maybe 4 word consistently, momma, dadda, up and bye. We have thought he has said other words, but he has only said them once. He understands us when we talk to him and ask him to do stuff so that is not a concern. I have voiced my concern for him to his doctor since he was 1 year old. The doctors kept telling me to wait and see, that he would just be a late talker. Well I waited till 18 months and they said he would bloom at 2 years. Well here he is at almost 3 and no change. I have had him enrolled in speech therapy for the past 6 months, but do not see a real change. They have recently suggested starting sign language with him so that he has some way to communicate with me. I am just concerned that will set him back further. I am hoping to get him into Head Start this fall because that is what the school system uses for preschool. Problem is we are over the income limit and they do not generally consider speech delays a disability and reason to qualify him to get in. I am mainly wondering what could be causing him to have such a delay and what can I do? No one seems to be able to help me. Everyone keeps saying give him time, but he is going to be going to school in a couple of years and I do not want him too behind. I was told that I should not worry about Autism because he gives eye contact and loves to be cuddled/touched. So can anyone offer any advice? Thanks so much.

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Kris - posted on 01/23/2013

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You have every right to be concerned. I'm just a mom like you. Has your son had his hearing tested? I would try to find developmental pediatrician. Maybe a pediatric neurologist. I would want to be sure that there was nothing medically causing this. They tell us that if they cuddle and have eye contact it can't be Austim however over the last couple of years they have defined so much what we thought once was isn't. Talk to friends in your area and check out the forums in your area for a good recommendation. Follow your mommy instinct. I am and I won't stop and until I have the right answer. Wish you the best!

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Axie - posted on 08/13/2013

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Hi, is there any progress with your son? I'm experiencing the same situation. My daughter will be 3 next month. If you had found any solutions or therapy can u share yr experiences with me?

Lauren - posted on 03/21/2013

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We are in exactly the same boat. I am struggling to find someone who is able to diagose properly - and have been sent in many directions. Josh also only says about 4 words but can say and identify the alphabet and count 1-10....other than that, nothing. It's a terrible worry when you see what other children of their age are saying.

Becky - posted on 01/23/2013

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he has had his hearing checked and they said everything was okay. I think a pediatric neurologist is the next step. I just notice that when we try to discipline him he just looks at us and smiles like he isn't understanding why we are upset with him and what we expect of him. He does however understand us when we ask him to go get a toy or to help clean up. That is why the doctors say nothing is wrong. But I do not think he is just being defiant. I truly believe that he doesn't understand what time out means and why he is getting in trouble. So, I will do more research and first find a new pediatrician and then see what goes from there. Thanks for your kind response.

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