i have a 2 1/2 yr. old son that doesnt talk, just babbles. What are some ways i can teach him?

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i know i should read to him everyday, but what are some other ways?

i also have a speech lady to see him once a week.

he knows within 20 words but doesnt speak in sentences.

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Melissa - posted on 05/01/2009

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My oldest didn't talk until he was three, he didn't have to because i didn't make him! when he is asking for something and he babbles, ask him to tell you what he wants and don't get until he says it clearly. Good luck!

Chantel - posted on 04/27/2009

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Honestly I wouldn't worry until he is 3-4 years old. Our 15 year old did not speak words until she was 4, she would make sounds, babble and talk up a storm in her own language (whatever that was) but didn't make much sense. Then one day full sentences came right out and we haven't been able to get her to stop talking since! He's ONLY 2.5 years old!

Jenny - posted on 04/30/2009

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Try using phonetics. . . breaking down the words into pieces. Also use something like flash cards to associate the word with the image. Start with the easy ones like shapes and colors first. Remember to make it fun so he stays interested. I turned flash cards into a game called "Absolutley" with my nieces and nephews (my sons just 9 weeks old lol). We would show a card and say in a funny tone "Do you know what THIS card is?" and if they answer it right you say in a drawn out and excited "ABSOLUTLEY!!!!" So start with the phonetics and turn it into a game! Early intervention style

Juliyana - posted on 05/03/2009

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My son have the same problem. He just turned 2 end of March, but he's picking up word by word now. I talked to him a lot and sometimes read to him and let him watch this kid's show on spelling and words.

Celeste - posted on 05/01/2009

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Does he go to daycare or spend much time with other children? Maybe you should consider putting him in this type of environment. Children teach and copy each other - its really amazing to watch.....I run a daycare.

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Elizabeth - posted on 09/05/2013

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my grandson is 2.5 he just had grommets put in and I would like to what the best way would be to teach him to talk can any one give me some pointers please

Kelli - posted on 08/10/2012

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See if you can get him in an in school speech program along with visiting SLP. I did that and it was somewhat helpful. Also see if you can bump up the number of days speech comes. My son was the same way at two. He just turned 3 ad is using "jargon". A step up from babbling. He understands everything we say it seems. At about three I noticed a change in his desire to express himself and socially he is catching up. Some kids are just late. He got a PDD diag. but hes changed in a few months Im not sure it was a correct diagnosis. The dx however will get them more services. MAke an appointment with a Developmental pediatrician asap. Call now, as the appointment took 6-7 months to see her! He was 2 weeks shy of 3 years old and I found out that before 2 years old had he been diagnosed, he would have recieved extensive ABA therapy at home! They onl get that until 3 years old then they put them in preschool with some speech therapy. Im upset we missed out on that, no one told me that so we fell through the cracks on that one.

Cathy - posted on 05/01/2009

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This may sound strange, but my great nephew had trouble with speech as well. He would get frustrated because he couldn't get his point accross where people could understand him. So, they taught him sign language. He would use sign AND speak, and then they could better understand him so he wouldn't get so frustrated. Hes talking now that he's not so frustrated and you can understand what he sayes without the sighn language. An extra bonus, he learned a second language. Just a suggestion. Also, my ex boyfriends son was 3 and you couldn't understand what he said because he had 4 older siblings that would talk for him. He would point and say "ahh ahh" and they would say something like "he wants a drink" or "he wants that toy." I made a rule that no one talks for him, he must speak for himself. He increased his vocabulary so much in less than a year...honestly, he went from less than a dozen words to speaking paragraphs! My point is, if he points he wants something, ask him to say it. For example, if he points to a cup, you can say "do you want a drink?" If he nods, tell him say "drink please" before you hand it to him.

Annabelle - posted on 05/01/2009

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Hi...I have a 3 year old daughter who was diagnosed with Autism at 19 months. This August will may one year since she began speaking. She doesn't exactly speak in sentences either..she has moved to phrases. I am a special needs teacher and I tried several things. Is your son recieveing early intervention? I began with sign language. . and we also honestly started teaching/prompting her with the "tacting method" . . It was a little weird at first because anyone who saw us with her outside, thought that she was blind. Tacting is where you have allow them to physically touch anything and everything on daily outings for about 1-2 hours. Your child will be filthy by the end of your tacting session. . but...when they begin using more words and when you are out on a day and your child says "wet grass" as they rub their hands through grass...or "blue car" as they run over to touch a parked car.....you are going to be besides yourself. Then when they look up to the sky and say bird flying because they have made the connection (focusing on specific objects) in an abstract way . . it may bring you to tears! Have you tried sign language? My daughter signed before she spoke...then spoke and signed...then moved to tacting and began using phrases. . and once in a blue...she will attempt really short sentences. Though she speaks in 3rd person. . .I will take any sentences I can right now! lol EX: "Jaiva is tired." (when tired)

Amie - posted on 05/01/2009

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Try a lot of singing and rhyming in sentences. Also I highly recommend sign language. He will be able to communicate in his own special way with you and this may make him feel a little more comfortable. Try touching and feeling things outside, for example, tree and bark, soft and animal, etc. He may be slow in connecting objects with words. He may be shy and simply absorbing everything and will start blurting out non-stop.

Tina - posted on 04/30/2009

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some kids just take a little longer than usual to talk. as long as the dr doesn't think there is anything medical causing it. then just be patient. i have known a few kids that barely said 5 words when they was almost 3. now that they are older you can't get them to shut up. they all talk in there own time. maybe he just feels he has nothing to important to say. but i do have one suggestion. when he wants something try to coach him into asking for it. as opposed to pointing or even grunting. my mom told me i did that when i was little. just because i knew that was all i had to do with my grandparents.

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If he is not talking how do you know what he wants? If he is pointing at things and you are handing them to him, make him tell you what they are. You tell him first and have him repeat a version back to you. Make a game of it and reward him with his request.

Sit down with the therapist and get a list of what you are supposed to do when she is not there. Talk to your pediatrician about specialized hearing tests.

Alice - posted on 04/30/2009

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My son has a speech delay as well (noticed at 2 yrs of age). Highly recommend the Leapster DVDS....they are amazing and haven't met a toddler yet that didn't like them. Be sure you are speaking and OVER-annuciating your words...speak very slowly and clearly. Have him repeat words in the books that you are reading him. Ask engaging questions of Who, What, and Why after reading. Ditto on getting his hearing checked....we had our fellas checked at a high-tec place in our county as well as at the peds. Make sure you are speaking at eye-level to him so that he can see how you are forming the words when speaking. It is sorta funny at first but then you get used to speaking this way before you know it b/c it does help teach!

Dannae - posted on 04/30/2009

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I did two things with my oldest son. One I know it sounds corny but I put on Noggin and we watched all those lil shows and two I took him to the pediatrician and has his ears checked. He needed tubes which once he had that surgery he began to talk because he could hear better. Just a thought.

Cathy - posted on 04/30/2009

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You may have heard this advice before but get his ears checked...My son was the same way and as soon as he got tubes put in his ears, wow the difference! We still work with him but the tubes made a big difference to start...If he has liquid behind his ear drum, he hears like he's under water and that is how he pronounces his words....apart from that, talking to him, reading like you already mentioned and don't give him anything if he just points, ask what he wants or offer him choices,,,like do you want milk or water (having the two items in your hands) and when he points or he may try to say it, say, oh you want milk! But I am sure you are doing everything you can and that you are an excellent mom....congratulations on taking this problem serious because it is, it affect alot of other aspects of his developement....hope this helps, I know how you feel, it feels like an uphile battle but I think it's worth every minute I put in it! Keep me posted on his progress! from a mom that is in the same boat, Cathy

Alisha - posted on 04/30/2009

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my son who is now 5 was diagnosed with severe speech apraxia, and has done 2 years of speech therapy, (if u have insurance, or the money i would suggest having the doctor send him for an evaluation and get him started in this) but an easy way for u to start on your own is like start working for 20 mins 2x's a day with words like ma, pa, dad, no, and even make lil cue cards with pics on it and start with easy words like that and really extenuate your mouth movements so he can really see how u are making the sound and if he wont do that then back down to just doin the ""easier sounds" like just "O" da ma nu ya know and go like that for more info and help you may want to check into like speech apraxia on the net and they will give you hints as to what resources and tools u can use to help you there are some really good flash cards that will help all the way up to saying words like pineapple ect. from the smallest things like ma and shows u how to slowly work up if u need anymore info just let me know and also maybe check into momcafe.com and look up the speech apraxia group and they have ALOT of info that may help;)

Jennifer - posted on 04/30/2009

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My oldest son was a late talker, but found out that it was our, as adults, fault. We catered to his every need. Whenever he wanted a drink, he would go to the fridge and we would get him something to drink. He didn't start talking until we stopped what we were doing and MADE him ask for things. It wa frustrating for everyone, especially him, but it worked out in the long run. Once he did start talking, he never stopped and is still the same way at the age of 14 *sighs* LOL Good luck.

Maria - posted on 04/30/2009

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I have found that speaking to my two year olds with normal words and sentences helps. If you talk to them like babies still, they will think that's how they are supposed to talk. When they say words that you can understand, repeat them back to them how they should be pronounced so that they know you understand them. Once you start repeating words and using them in sentences, they will start to be more interested in learning new words and being able to have a conversation with mommy or daddy.

Robin - posted on 04/30/2009

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My want to take him to an ENT, my friend had this problem with her toddler and it turned out she couldn't really hear because of a fluid build up in her inner ear. They got it fixed and she was talking shortly thereafter.

Kim - posted on 04/30/2009

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Stop worrying. He will talk when he gets ready to talk; you know he can talk by him say the words he says. When you stop thinking and worrying about it you will be surprised that he will just start talking and plus we spend all of our time teaching and wanting them to talk and when they start we spend the next 18 – 20 years telling them to be quite. So relax and don’t stress out over it. If he can say 20 or so words he’s fine. The more you push him the more he will feel something is wrong and the longer it will take.

Chai - posted on 04/30/2009

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when my oldest daughter wasn't speaking well by 2 1/2 I spoke with her ped who told me I wasn't communicating with her enough so i switched her doctor who sent her to an ent they found fluid in her ears and placed tubes come to find out she was almost deaf she just got her tubes out last year and her hearing has returned to normal.

Katie - posted on 04/30/2009

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I would suggest reading books LOTS! That's great you take him to a speech therapist - is that helping? Another thing is just talk to him lots and sing too.

Megan - posted on 04/30/2009

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i worked in a daycare for a few years, in my class i had a little boy who could not talk at all only hi and bye from 1yr to 3years old... one day he asked me to go to the bathroom his mom said he started talking overnight! After working there i always felt like boys were more hands on none of them really talked all that much boys were more active not talkative

Joanna - posted on 04/30/2009

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when i meet my husband he had a daughter that was 2 and she did not talk very good either. if shw wanted somthing we would tell her how to say it and then make her say it about a week later when we asked her to repeat what we would tell her what the object was and if she did not say the word right she would not get it untill she said it and about 2-3 weeks later she was talking very well she is 3 1/2 now and she speeks like a 5 year old she talks better than most of the kids her age

Danielle - posted on 04/29/2009

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Quoting Jaimee:

we had this lady that came to our house to see if hunter had autism. and she said he wasnt even close. so he dont have autism. but we do have a speech lady talk and play with him.
thank you, you all for your all advice!



Get a 2nd opnion... it took a million doctors to get the right diagnosis. Don't just take 1 person's word for it. If Everybody says he isn't autstic, then he isn't... but let a specialist look at him. You won't regret it! :)

Danielle - posted on 04/29/2009

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Quoting Sandra:

Has the Pediatrician checked his hearing and had him tested for to see if he might have a mild for of Autism (Assburgers)?



My son at the age of 1-2 displayed speech issues, and had a few other 'issues' in his behavior. We had him diagnosed (finally) with SID or Sensory intergration Dysfunction. The teeth and bottom lip thing made me think of these little quirks my son displayed as a toddler. You really should ask for a refference from your ped. physician to a specialist to seehim... the earlier you get treatmendt, the better his results. My son started speech therapy, and occupational therapy at the age of 2 and is now almost 11 and soes EXTREMELY well. You wouldn't be able to tell unless you spent alot of time with him. good luck with all! :)

Barb - posted on 04/29/2009

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Don't worry, he will talk in his own time. My neice just started talking and she is 3. It will happen. Hey they say sometimes a kid is so smart he doesn't want to talk, just listen to the silly people around him.

Raye - posted on 04/29/2009

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Please speak with your family dr, ask for a referral to see a nerodevelomentalist, speech therapy, ent, and audiologist. Some one will come to a resolution. I always hope for the best while ruling out the worst. I've working with special needs children for many years, and have a adopted a few along the way. By having a group of specialist you can put together a routine to accomplish your goals for him also. I hope for the best for you, and your family.

Elsie - posted on 04/28/2009

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I always thought a great idea would be to record yourself reading a story to him. You could put it on a disc or DVD and play it any and everywhere. At the end you could add little songs from you to him. That way he can still hear your voice and benefit from the repetition that the continous play would give him.

Amanda - posted on 04/28/2009

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When I was young I had didn't talk either ear problems. Once that was recognized and fixed I was fixed. Have you tired a hearing test?

Freda - posted on 04/28/2009

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The way that I've had the best luck is exposing my 2 kids 2 their older cousins that talk and they'll just slowly pick up on it. You can't really force them if they're not ready yet! Hope this helps!

Ronica - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi, now I don't want you to think that I am being rude. But this is what I know and have been told/learnt from the profession that I was in for 6 years, up until I became a stay at home mom. I worked with people who have developmental delays and although I do not know your son I would look into it further. Do you live in Canada? There are many different programs you can enrole your son into so that he has a chance to 'catch' up if you will. Making sure that your son has his ears checked I would foresure do this, making sure you stress this information to the pediatrician is a must (in regards to his progress) waiting till hes older I DO NOT agree with. If you catch something that may be due to slower learning/ hearing problems etc. he will be able to catch up very fast if you nip it before age 3. I know a girl whos daughter had the same issue with speech and they found out it was due to not being able to hear lower voice tones and I worked with another mother whos daughter was the same with speech, very minimal in the words department and no sentences. They found out that she had a small developmental delay and she is at par for her age now. It took the child 2 years of a specialized pre-school program and the parents pitching in but shes in regular grade 1 and is doing great. I really hope that you look at all your options. A lot of times it is just a learning curve that your child will master but for some they get a bit stuck. It is nothing to be ashamed of. It is something to be proud of that you are a mother who cares very much about her sons progress. :)

Vanessa - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had a "late talke"r as well, and if you make them look at you while you are talking to them it helps them to form words.

JESSICA - posted on 04/28/2009

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my stepson is 2 1/2 now and he didnt talk until 2 yrs. what we did was.... buy him elmo videos and dora videos both were good because they sang and spoke to the child as well as ask for participation. i believe one of the reasons he didnt speak so much was the fact that he just whined or blabbed one syllable sounds and we understood what he wanted therefore he got what he wanted, he wasnt forced to speak or ask for things. when we would ask him to repeat words he was too shy to repeat but we would catch him speaking to himself or the tv. over time he started to repeat in exchange for what he wanted for example if he pointed at the fridge we knew he wanted milk so we taught him in spanish which was "tete".. after that he was repeating names etc. i think its great that you have a speech therapist just in case of any learning difficulties. but anyways goodluck with that

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Quoting Real Savvy Moms:

Does he get a lot of ear infections? Sometimes that can effect speech development, you should ask one of our experts at www.realsavvymoms.com. They can offer more information. Hang in there.




he hasnt had one.. the docs looked and he was all good.



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Quoting Real Savvy Moms:

Does he get a lot of ear infections? Sometimes that can effect speech development, you should ask one of our experts at www.realsavvymoms.com. They can offer more information. Hang in there.




he hasnt had one.. the docs looked and he was all good.



Dawn - posted on 04/28/2009

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Quoting Jaimee:

we had this lady that came to our house to see if hunter had autism. and she said he wasnt even close. so he dont have autism. but we do have a speech lady talk and play with him.
thank you, you all for your all advice!



I was also told by my daughters speech therapist that there was no way Kylea had autism, but after talking to her pediatrition and lots of questions, he had her tested. Shes now been diagnosed with autism. My only clue was her not talking and not really interacting with other kids. We started with one word at a time, and then added more words to the sentance as she picked them up. We started with "juice", then "want juice", then "I want juice", then "I want juice please"! She now can say "I want some juice please". We also used a ton of flashcards all day, everyday! She now has an amazing vocabulary and is speaking 100% better than she was a year ago. Trust your gut! He'll get there! Good luck!! :) Message me if you want to chat!

Tammy - posted on 04/28/2009

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I had the same thing with my son, what i suggest is getting his hearing checked because if he can't hear all the sounds that may be delaying his speech,also tell him to tell you what he wants instead of allowing him to point or baby talking. Good luck to you and your son just be patient i know first hand its hard but he'll get there

Abbie - posted on 04/28/2009

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ruling out all medical issues. I would ask......How do you speak to him? Do you baby talk him? Babies/ kids talk as we talk to them. What does your speech lady/ doctor say?

Carrie - posted on 04/28/2009

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I also have a son that is 2 years and 2 months old who sees a speech therapist on a weekly basis. His peds md recommened this due to his not talking. He will say Da Da and some small words which is a big improvment. We have also taught him some sign language to help with our joint frustration in figuring out what he wants. I believe for some kids it takes them longer to get the oral-motor development of speaking down. My son has made vast improvements with working with speech therapy. He also has issues with stuffing his mouth full of food and when he was a baby was very hard to nurse. They believe he has a high pallate and that could be part of his not talking. Just hang in their and know you are not alone.

Leanne - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi there,all kids are different in stages of learning.Your son might wake up one morning and surprise with his talking.Its such a big step for them to put all their little words into one big sentence.Try reading to him even ifs its twice a day,even make it up as you go,because its all about understanding as well.Toddlers are like little parrots and pretty much mimmick just about everything we say and do.I know my daughter who is nearly 2.5 yrs copies everything l say and do.Even if you draw pictures and ask him to tell you what it is,or find something he really likes and try and get him to tell you about it.Even if you dont understand him,just go along with.I read to my daughter everyday even for a couple of minutes or l get her to count to me.The more you talk to them the more they try.Try getting him involved with other kids as well you will be surprised how much they learn from others.Good Luck im sure he will be fine

Alejandra - posted on 04/28/2009

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My twins were also like that. I got concerned b/c of it. Turned out that they couldn't hear. They would mumble and I just could not get them to say things. I got involved with a program which provided speech therapy. They also had ear tubes in their ears. Now, they are just talking. I also taught them sign language....just in case.

Alexandria - posted on 04/28/2009

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I learned this from reading a book at some point & it worked perfectly for my daughter. Ever since my daughter began learning to talk, I didn't allow her to get away w/ saying words in baby talk. If she said a word improperly or in a baby way, I told her to look at my mouth & I would say the word slowly & clearly. Then I asked her to say it back to me. Sometimes it took a couple of times of repeating it but she would get it. After she got it, I gave her lots of praise. The important part is have him look at your mouth, it's easier for them to get it right. She's now 7 & I still take a quick moment to correct her on either words she says improperly or if she misuses a word in a sentence. From doing that, I've always had people say they can't believe how articulate she is for her age. Not knowing that all I've done is take a minute to correct her as needed.

Julie - posted on 04/28/2009

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Read and repeat books and household words everytime you use them. Look at pictures. Say a word and see if he can point to the object. At least then you know he recognizes what the word means. He'll start spitting out words eventually. Just don't compare him to other kids.

Sue - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hey jaimee,

Well my son was like that..he was delayed due to an eye injury when he was born..I brought him to a doctor and he was tested..then we scheduled him with a speech , occupational and physical therapist ..now he's 15yrs old.. and doing fine but still has physical therapy..

What I did was talk to him and make him talk to me ..I would tell him stories that I would make up and then he would tell me a story of what he made up..just keep him talking. I would also show him pictures of animals I would say the name he he would repeat it..It does take time, but be patience .

My son sometimes still has problems getting his words into place ..but I also found that him being with kids his own age also helps..kids learn from other kids..Your son looks like my son at that age..give it time it will come into place..

good luck...to you..and your son...:)

Sherry - posted on 04/28/2009

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My son also had a delay in speech due to reoccurring ear infections. We had his ears tested and they were fine. He was then enrolled in the speach therapy program and in 4 months he was doing so well they said he no longer needed to attend. At first I thought it was going to be a waste of time b/c the therapist just seemed to play with my son. I have a completely new respect for her ... each time she got a little tougher and a little tougher and soon he was asking for the certain thing he wanted. One thing that I learned is you have to be patient and let the child have time to respond, and that every effort made by the child to try and respond must be rewarded!! Good luck and be persistant it will come.

Amber - posted on 04/28/2009

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Do you talk to him like he is a baby or a big boy? I know how fun it can be to talk "baby talk" to your child. :D I always tried to talk to my son in full sentences. He is going to be 3 in June, and he is always been a good talker, so I don't have trouble getting him to talk, just trouble getting him to stop talking lol! But maybe flash cards, with pictures of stuff on it. Or if he is hungry or wants to play outside or something. Make him use words to get this treat or whatever he may want. He may know all these words, just doesn't use them. He may get the hint, that mommy means business if he isn't getting what his wants by babbling. I've also heard that they will talk when they are ready, and each child is going to be different. Just keep up the good work and work with him. Don't get mad.. that may discourage him. If possible can you let me know how he does! :D I get too involved and I'll think about him alot! :D God bless you and your family!

Stephanie - posted on 04/28/2009

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You have no idea how happy I am to hear there are other kids like that out there! My son is also 2 1/2, barely says any "real" words. He thinks he's talking in full sentences, but it's all just babble. He's been seeing a speech therapist twice a week for about a year now. He knows lots of sign language, that's really eased the frustration for us and is proven to help learn to say words. All I can say is to keep talking and encouraging to sound out words. My little one is capable of making the sounds of every letter of the alphabet, but he just has a tough time putting them together into words.

Crystal - posted on 04/28/2009

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My nephew had the same problem until he was almost 3-4 years old. She kept taking him to the Dr. and they kept telling my sister that when he is ready he will be ready. They kept checking him out over and over again. Well, after numerous of times of checking for some reason they finally saw that there was major fluid way behind the ear drums. Everything that he had been hearing for years was almost babbled (like when you are in the pool and someone is talking under water and you are listening under water). Even though they had been checking his ears they for some reason never saw it until all of a sudden.



I am not saying that this is what is wrong with your child but I am saying that it doesn't hurt to have a specialist or your Dr. look into it.

Tiffany - posted on 04/28/2009

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What you just described is my son to a T. I finally had him tested and come to find out Mathew is autistic. But not like you think, he is very smart and loves life to the fullest he just cant figure out how to out the words togather like he should... and having him tested wasnt that bad mostly they watch him play and how he interacts its alot like speech. Its not as scary as people think and they can grow up to have normal lives. Please think about having your son tested

Real Savvy Moms - posted on 04/28/2009

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Does he get a lot of ear infections? Sometimes that can effect speech development, you should ask one of our experts at www.realsavvymoms.com. They can offer more information. Hang in there.

Byedee - posted on 04/28/2009

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well based on my experience with my daughter, she also has difficulty in speaking until she turned 4 yrs old...early years, we tried to read, talked, watched educational shows & related stuffs with her to enhance her speech. When she started schooling, gradually she learned to speak words clearly. And the time the school ends she was very good in communicating to her classmates & everybody, i think getting her in school helped to absorb the words from her surroundings especially from her classmates..and now she's 10 yrs old, she likes discussion, ask questions & share stories...so i think you should not rush things...do your daily activities w/ him & bit by bit you'll get pleasant results.....just be patient...enjoy his presence & keep your faith.....god bless=)

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