Hi, alex is 2 years 10 months, he dosnt talk yet

Viky - posted on 07/28/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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we went to the docter, and they gave him a cat scan and told me it was because his brain wasnt matured in that area, he had been saying 25-30 words, but then when i gave him treatment he stoped completly,,he is extremly shy,,ive heard los of kids at 3 just start to talk and are fine,, but now im worried about what the docter said,, he also comented that kids who talk in late age are always behind in school and so on,,is this true? i have a hard time believing it, anyone has experieneced somthin like this?

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Alana - posted on 07/28/2009

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My son who is now 24 did not talk until he was 3,he did fine in school.More importantly does your son respond to his name, follow simple directions,play appropriately with toys, Is he hyper sensitive to noise?These can be warning flags for autism,which our 5 yr.old has.

Natalie - posted on 07/30/2009

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My son is a little over 2. He don't talk much either. but they will when they are ready just work with him little at a time. He'll be fine doctors don't know shit anymore. My son has basically dry skin and they kept telling me it was ringworm. So most of the times the doctors are stupid. They don't know what they are talking about. Just work with him and he'll be fine.

Darlene - posted on 07/30/2009

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I would have him evaluated asap. usually by age two if they are not talking the dr's get early intervention involved that is the birth -3 program. Once they turn 3 the town school takes over. My son now almost 4 had a few words by 2 maybe a hand full i started ei before he was 2 and when he didn't make progress i had him evaluated by a neurologist and a speech therapist at children's hospital boston. He was diagnosed with Apraxia which is a severe neurological speech and sound disorder.. there is nothing cognitively wrong with him. He understands everything can do everything. He just hasn't found his voice yet. he gets intense speech therapy 4 times a week and i work with him at home. you can look it up on line to see if it sounds like your son..Apraxia kids .org
Good luck and no matter what it is the earlier he starts speech therapy the better it will do nothing but benefit him regardless if he has a disorder or just a delay.

Christina - posted on 07/30/2009

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My nephew didn't start talking until he was a little over 3. They thought he had autism too because like Christina S says that's a big red flag. They never were able to find anything and he is now 4 and talks alot. He does have some speech issues and they are putting him in pre school to help with that but he's very very intelligent so I don't believe kids who talk late would necessarily be behind...

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I would not believe that children will ALWAYS be behind in school. If he was talking but is now reverting backward I would have him checked for autism. not to scare you but that is a huge red flag for autism.

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Angela - posted on 07/30/2009

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My son said a few words, but not many before he was 3 years old...and only the people close to him could even understand those few words. We took him to have his hearing checked and they said he was fine. When he was 3 he was having problems with his left eye and so took him to the emergency room...it was causing him pain and had swollen shut. They misdiagnosed him by saying that he had a scratch on his eye. The next day we took him to his regular doctor and then to an eye doctor. They concluded that he had a sinus infection that moved to his left eye. This is very dangerous because it can cause blindness and because it is so close to his brain it can also cause other serious problems...even death. So he had to be hospitalized for 11 days...it was an awful experience.

The one good thing that came out of this whole experience is that he finally started talking. Come to find out he had severe allergy problems and had fluid on both of his ears... so the antibiotics he was taking in the hospital cleared things up. His doctor also prescribed 2 allergy medications that he still takes every night before bedtime. He has since had tubes put in his ears...they have already fallen out.

He is now 8 years old and is doing great. We put him in a speech class when he was 4 or 5 years old and he will probably be dismissed at the beginning of this year. He has made really good grades at school and has made excellent progress in his speech. I also forgot to tell you that he was also really shy before, but now he is usually one of the class clowns and is constantly talking. It's funny because I kept praying for him to talk and know I can't get him to stop...LOL!

I kept him home during Preschool and only sent him to his Speech class for an hour a day 5 days a week. I worked with him at home, but that was it. When I had him tested for Kindergarten his teacher was really impressed with how he had done on his testing...especially since he'd skipped Pre-K. I am only telling you this because I have learned that when he was not speaking he was still learning...he soaked up information like a sponge. Think about it...when we actually watch and listen instead of talking...we learn so much more. He tells me things that just amaze me all the time.

I also want you to know that all of this may have been prevented if he would have only been tested in the beginning for having fluid on his ears. It should have been checked when my son's doctor had him sent for a hearing test. They checked his hearing for sounds, but he couldn't respond because he didn't speak. So he could hear the high pitch sounds, but everything sounded muffled. If you cover both of your ears while someone is talking...you know they are speaking, but you don't necessarily know what they are saying. It only takes a few minutes for this test and it was missed because his doctor thought that the people who checked his hearing did this test and they don't...or at least they didn't.

All in all...this may have nothing to do with your situation, but it never hurts to inform others of something that may help them or someone else they know.

I do know that no matter what you have been told...don't give up, your child may surprise you. Children can usually overcome so much more than we give them credit for...they are so resilient.

Also...you can never pray too much! My thoughts and prays will be with you!!

-Angela Leon

Rachel - posted on 07/29/2009

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hello alex

i have a little boy of 4 who as severe autism and severe learning diff and he is non verbal

like the other parents are saying on here it could just be development delay or just

taking him bit longer like some children do .

when a child has autism there is always signs of other things apart from the speach

does your son display any other apart from the speach ??

i would make a appointment and have him assesed if you feel there is something not right

follow your gut feeling ...
rachel xxx

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Our middle child didnt talk till he was 3 1/2 , he didnt sit up on his own till he was 3 and that was with the help from a learning company. After he learned to sit up he then instantly learned to walk right after. He is behind in many things as other kids are succeeding in at the same age and grade. His reason is because he has seizure disorder and because of the seizures it causes him to be behind in school and many other things. He is having to repeat 2nd grade this year, and he is in a beginner 1st grade level as far as reading, writing, math, etc. He has help in school with many teachers , but he is a determined little boy who will try his hardest and will succeed in life. Just dont let it bring you down, you still love your child no matter what, just give him love and work with him, everything will work out.

Rachel - posted on 07/28/2009

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my oldest son has just turned 3 and has limitied words he uses. i contacted my health vistor over it and although she thinks hes just lazy she has re fered him for speech theapy.i have also booked hiim into nursey in sept as she thinks that itll help him alot. just give your child a chance, he will get there in his own time, but a visit from your heath visitor wouldnt bt a bad thing and neither would nursery.

Viky - posted on 07/28/2009

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thank you so much for all youre advice,,i will try to get an appointment with a therapist as soon as posible and hope for the best. :)

Viky - posted on 07/28/2009

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at first they believed he might have autism,,thats why tey scaned his brain,,but said he didnt suffer from that, but told me the leangual part of his brain wasnt developed like the rest,,he needed medecin,,and because i also know people who didnt talk at an early age i find it hard to believe he needs medecin,,therapy i believe but not medecin

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Have him evaluated by a Speech Pathologist. Many boys are late talkers but if he needs a little help the younger he gets it the better. Also, the SLP will likely refer him for a hearing screening to rule out hearing loss.

Kim - posted on 07/28/2009

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My son wasn't speaking at all when he turned 2 so we had him evaluated. He was eligible for speech services. He just turned 3 in the middle of June and is now talking a lot more. I would get him into a preschool. At 3 yrs old the school system becomes responsible for providing an evaluation and services that your child may need. I'd contact your school district and tell them that you have concerns.

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My daughter didn't start talking until about 2.3 yrs. She was perfectly normal. My dr. recommended a speech therapist and off we went. The therapist could not find any reason for her not talking and said wait a couple of months and if she still isn't talking, come back. She started talking about a week later in both French and English (with a complete vocabulary in both). She just wanted to make sure she was comfortable before she opened her mouth LOL. She made up for the 2+ years she didn't talk in spades - you couldn't get her to stop talking :). As for kids who talk late being behind in school? I'm no expert, but I've never seen any evidence of it in my daughter or any other child. Don't worry, just let him talk when he's ready :).

Perihan - posted on 07/28/2009

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I would make an appointment with a speech therapist just to have him checked, maybe just the fact of being premature, but I would talk to someone just in case, has the baby's hearing been checked lately?

Angela - posted on 07/28/2009

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my son was a premie and didn't really start talking until he was well over 3 years old...I got him in preschool...he will be 4 in Oct and now he doesn't shut up! He knows all his colors numbers and most of his letters already...I know your frustration I was there too...my sister didn't talk until she was 4 and she's one of the most intelligent people I know...all I can say is pray and try not to worry. We only get what God believes we can handle in life, and if he's a bit behind, so be it. Just don't worry because they aren't always behind.

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