Need tips to get my 2 year old to talk more!
Dove - posted on 04/05/2016
There is a wide variation of 'normal' speech at 2 years old... from barely utterly a couple of words all the way to holding an intelligent conversation w/ an adult.
Personally speaking... if this were my child I would ask for a hearing test and evaluation from Easter Seals. The bulk of a child's language development is complete by 5 years old and I would much rather seek help that isn't really needed than to wait and find out I should have gotten my child help earlier. If there is no need for services... he won't qualify. If there is... he can get some help and you can get some tips to help him as well.
Ev - posted on 04/05/2016
I have worked with children besides having two of my own. I worked with special needs children for over 10 years total. I also taught Sunday School for over 10 years as well. Each child is different. There is an average that the doctors go by and if she was thinking he had to be at 200 words in talking by 2 then she was pushing it. He might be behind some and ahead of others but that does not mean he necessarily needs speech. If you want him evaluated just to confirm he is about where he needs to be ir is close to target do so but do not do it for the doctor's benefit.
Hannah - posted on 04/05/2016
Thank you. He is actually 2 next week and his pediatrician told me at his 18 month visit that she expects a couple of hundred words by the time he is 2! I was freaking out that she would try and put him into speech therapy or something (has happened to some of my friends) which i would be unwilling to do as I really don't think he needs it. he loves books and listening to me read and he really tries to say words, i would hate to frustrate him too much with too much pushing and counteract his willingness to try.
Ev - posted on 04/05/2016
He is only two years old. He is not expected to talk like a five year old yet. Just keep on saying words for things he points and makes the noises for. He is still just learning to talk. If he is following directions well, that is a normal thing at this age and so is the babbling or noises. He just say a few words now. Most kids do not make sense until they are closer to three most times. My son was 3.5 before he could be totally understood but my daughter at the age of 2 was talking as good as a five year old. Do not rush it.
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