I have a 2 year old that won't talk. just mama. Any ideas?

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Kylie - posted on 07/20/2009

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my son is now 4 and talks like an adult, but he didnt start saying anything but mum until he was 3, dont panic there only 2 yrs old thats still young, as long as he understands you and can follow instructions then he is perfectly normal.

Kenyetta - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hi I am a certified speech and language pathologist. I highly recommend that you discuss this with your pediatrician and ask for a referral for your child to be evaluated by an audiologist and speech and language pathologist. There is a federal program that will assess your child and determine if he is eligible for an IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan)

Heather - posted on 07/20/2009

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Read to him! Point out everything you see and label it. Talk to him throughout the day as you are doing things, just sort of narrate as you go about your normal business.

Sally - posted on 07/21/2009

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It looks like you've already gotten some very good advice. I worked with 2 and 3 yr olds for over 25 yrs, so I've seen a lot of kids at this stage of development. As one mother pointed out, watch your child and make notes of his behavior. Talk to your child's pediatrician. Turn off the TV and talk with your child. It may be he's just quiet by nature or there may be some major issue. Definitely do not ignore this issue.

Jenny - posted on 07/21/2009

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do you encourage your child to talk or do you just give him what he wants when he points at things?

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Darcy - posted on 07/21/2009

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My youngest son never talked until he was three, his older siblings talked for him and we all understood his grunts and hand signals so there was no need for him to talk. He is nine now and his speach is perfect. Do not worry about it, your child will talk when he/she needs to. :)

Melissa - posted on 07/21/2009

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I would have his hearing checked first, just to rule that out. If he's just not talking yet, for no medical reason, I would take the adivce of all these people. Read, sing, talk, point everything out...constantly. My son's vocabulary really picked up when we started watching "Signing Time" together. Check out the site... signingtime.com My son is hearring and very verbal, since about 16 months. We started watching baby signing time TOGETHER at 14 months. The key is to watch it together so that you know the songs and signs too. It is especially great at preventing tantrums etc. caused when a child doesn't yet communicate.

Good luck.

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Have you had his hearing checked? My daughter was speech delayed due to increased ear infections. After speech therapy she did great!! She is 151/2 now and you would never know she had speech therapy.

Gabi - posted on 07/21/2009

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My little brother is turning 3 in November and just a couple months ago started repeating everything he hears...boys start talking later than girls do...I wouldn't worry too much, every kid is different. Does he have older siblings he interacts with? When you talk to him, do you use baby talk or talk normally like you would anybody else? What is his behavior like? Was he speaking before and started not saying as much? Feel free to private message with any questions!

Krystina - posted on 07/21/2009

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Dont give him what he wants till he makes an attempt to say what it is. And do NOT stress about it every kid is different and maybe he is just taking a little more time. Good luck to you.

Victoria - posted on 07/21/2009

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When he points to things make sure you correct him by telling him the correct name and before giving it to him ask him to say it. Talk to him at all times and if he doesn't have any sibilings or other children around him try letting him interact with other kids at the park that would help

Sparkle - posted on 07/21/2009

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We tried that first and his hearing was fine. We had to have an intense evaluation and all of the therapists and the psychologist agreed that he was delayed. At that time he was almost three and he was talking on a 14 month old level, which isn't much talking.

Sparkle - posted on 07/21/2009

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I tried getting him to talk but he would just scream and I finally would give in.Most of the time he would point and I would go get it just to keep him from falling out. If your child is doing that, it sounds just like my son...

Sparkle - posted on 07/21/2009

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My son was the same way when he was 2. Now is the time while he is still little for you to see about getting him so speech therapy. My son was diagnosed with being developmentally delayed. At 2 your son should be talking. My son is now seven, but he has come a long way. If you start now he will eventually get to the level that he needs to be on. Just don't wait around. In my city we have a free program called First Steps. I had three therapists that came out to my house every week. They really helped.

Melissa - posted on 07/21/2009

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my sister was the same way. there is a family joke because she seriously didn't mutter a word until she was 2...and then it was complete sentences. she's now 30 and hasn't shut up since! if you're concerned though, talk to the pediatrician about it. my mom was at wit's end trying to get my sis to talk...then one day she just up and gave a full sentence! and there was no looking back from there! some kids just start late. having older siblings can help, but not the case with my sister (i was reading when she decided to talk). sometimes they just don't want to! my son CAN say a lot of stuff. but when he doesn't feel like taking the time to learn other words, he says his default word..."pootis". don't know what that really is...but he says it when he doesn't feel like saying anything else. anyway, it couldn't hurt to get an eval done to see if there is something going on. best of luck to you!

Kim - posted on 07/21/2009

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You absolutely want to take him to the doctor, to at least rule out any medical problems. Then you can go from there. This isn't something you want to try and fix on your own. Good luck-

Debra - posted on 07/21/2009

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My son has had a hearing test and is fine. Also goes to speech therapy, he can see he suppose to be saying something but he just smiles, winks, and charms. Even she feels he knows it, its just getting it out of him.

Terri - posted on 07/21/2009

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My daughter was the same way... I took her to an ENT .... He put tubes in her ears and had speech therapy.... She is 16 now and is fine...

Debra - posted on 07/21/2009

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I have 2year old also that wont talk much, he has 2sisters and 3brothers older that do the talking and even when you tell them not to, they do. My son may not talk but I understand everything he wants, by actions he does or he will get my hand and take me to the place or point. He will get there and i kno he can do it cos when he stays at my mums for a few days he comes out of himself. I still find it frustrating as he will be 3 in September and starting school January, I dont want him to behind but the positive outlook is i can see him talking very quick when he starts.

User - posted on 07/21/2009

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Relax some kids aren't as verbal as others.
Make sure you read to to them often and also talk to them using clear proper words (not baby talk). If they want something make sure you wait for them to ask for what they want using proper words. So often parents will know what the child wants before they are asked so the child becomes lazy with asking. As long as there are no concerns with their hearing I am sure their vocabulary will develop in time.

Lydia - posted on 07/21/2009

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Cant or wont? If she WONT talk dont help her by interpreting her unspoken language and ask her to use her words to get what it is she is after. Both my nieces were very lazy when it cam to speaking because they found they didnt NEED to to get what they were after.

If its CANT then maybe the socialising thing that other mums have recommended is a worth a try.

Lisa Yvette - posted on 07/20/2009

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Don't worry about it now worry about it when she is 4 yras old. omw kids talk sooner than others. My oldest son started speaking around three and when he was 4 yrs old that I had him in headstart classes they recommended speach therapy which he took, he did well. The therpist stated that it might be that since he is my first born and there were no more children around him that might be the cause. If you are worried, just put a lot of Sesame Street on for your child every day and try to have your child around more kids more often, believe me, what ever other tots are speaking your child will speak it as well, they understand each other. Good Luck.

Linda - posted on 07/20/2009

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My daughter is 2 year old too also talk late . Sometimes they are stubborn which else they understand and listening. Now she is speaking frequently n keeping calling Mummy non-stop. So don't worry , wait for the time

Claire - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hey! Im 25 years old and apparently I didnt talk until i was 3, although i could say a few words i just chose not to talk much.... My mum said its cause my brother who is a year older used to talk for me, cause he knew if i wanted a drink and he would tell mum etc.. anyway i turned out to be a pretty good reader and speller and talker!! although i was a lot shyer when i was younger. :)

Valerie - posted on 07/20/2009

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My daughter, the youngest, didnt talk really at all till she was 3 years old. She would say mama and daddy and thats about it. I wouldnt worry yet.

Jessica - posted on 07/20/2009

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Has your child had chronic ear infections? Does the child have older siblings? I know that sometimes when children have older siblings the older siblings will talk for them or do things for them so there is no reason for them to talk

Savannah - posted on 07/20/2009

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Reading, singing, constant narration, those things are all invaluable as well! I talk to my poor little guy all the time because I have no one else around, so he does pretty well. Still talks mostly in his own language, though.

Savannah - posted on 07/20/2009

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Didn't Eistein not start talking until he was like 3 or something? All kids are different. If you can tell that he at least understands what you are saying to him I wouldn't worry too much. Definitely talk to your pediatrician though!

By the way, my son doesn't watch tv much at all, but he has learned a TON from Dora the Explorer.

Stina - posted on 07/20/2009

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Talk to the doctor. Contact your school district to have him evaluated. My son (4 1/2) has a speech delay and recieved therapy to get him talking. The earlier the better.



some things I learned from therapy- encourage speech by requiring him to ask for things like juice/food. We taught the word along with the sign. Most kids can do the sign before they talk. Once he has the word, encourage the word more than the sign of course.

When he plays, get down with him- if it's balls, exclaim and repeat over and over whatever it is he's playing with. Those building blocks with pictures and letters are great. As he builds towers you can point out the pictures.

Kimberly - posted on 07/20/2009

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I have a two and half year old that just recently started talking where you could understand her. She had ear infections since she was 2 months and finally we got the tubes! Anyhoo - she is doing great.
Speech is so easily fixed once you identify the problem ( hearing, understanding)
While I'm not an advocate for t.v. parenting, your child will still learn to talk if they are given t.v. time. What they learn to say depends on the program. :)

Paulette - posted on 07/20/2009

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i have twin 2 yr old girls that are both in speech and did the same thing 1 is progressing the other just has nothing to say cause when she says something it is a sentence and clear as a bell. take a book and point to pictures and say what it is etc. a puppy or a cow and do this regularly he/she may take several attempts but show how to make sounds with your mouth and just easy words. nose, mouth, ears, doggy, bye-bye, and so forth hope that helps dont get discouraged theyll catch on soon the baby is only 2

Amber - posted on 07/20/2009

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At 2 years old my son barely said a word. He understood everything i said to him. When he was about 2 1/2 years old it was almost overnight he was talking in complete sentences. As long as he understands what you say to him, i really wouldn't worry about it. If anything just read to him more, maybe sing silly songs with him.

I have 2 daughters that were late talkers also. They are 6 and 8 now. They never had any speech difficulty or anything. Kids will talk when they are ready.

Courtney - posted on 07/20/2009

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My son is 2 and a half and he is a late talker as well. My son had a lot of issues with ear infections and the doctors thought that his delay in speech was due to the infections and he was not hearing us correctly. Now that he has not had any ear issues in the past 9 months or so he has started talking like crazy and he is even putting 2 and 3 words together. Books are great and sing alongs are good too, I also like Heathers advice on narrating through your day. I tell my son about what I am doing all day long and he now points out dishes and laundry and every day things. Keep an eye on the speech but make it a point to make the pediatrician aware of your concerns so they know to keep an eye on it as well. I started writing down every word my son learned that way I would be able to tell the doc how many words he has. Good Luck with everything!!

Oh and by the way- Sabrina, I think you might be jumping to conclusions and you are a bit harsh. Not everyone puts their kids in front of the tv

Stacey - posted on 07/20/2009

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I find that music/songs help children learn to speak... at 2 years old, if your child is not putting 2 or 3 word sentences together, it is time to speak to your pediatrician about getting an evaluation for speech/oral motor therapy...sometimes kids expressive language is delayed while their comprehension is outstanding...don't be afraid its all good. btw. you would not happen to be married to a guy named Wade? curious because my maiden name is sherman and my cousin wade sherman married a girl named jessica. could just be a coincidence but wouldn't it be funny if this is how we met....cousin lives in ca.

Amanda - posted on 07/20/2009

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Hi there, I would start by talking to your kid's Dr. about this. My brother is a ped.and have had this discussion due to another relative. If the child is not talking by 2 I would let the Dr. know and most likely they will do a hearing test to rule that out first. From that point they can do other tests as well, but at least you will know if they are just taking their time or there is another issue. My sister has 3 kids and the first 2 ended up in speech therapy to help and they are now 5 and 8 and talk all the time. At 3 years old kids also qualify for special education services and get the speech for free. I hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2009

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does he listen, does he understand you when you talk to him, has he only said mama..or had he talked before...but now all he says is mama? I would watch his body language when you talk to him or when you are talking to others and he is in the room. and write it down. take notes...pay attention....keep your eyes peeled ....and write everything down. and then after a period of time he still is only saying mama..I would take him in for some kind of evaluation....maybe nothing is wrong and he is just being subborn...but if something is wrong....especially if you have that feeling....then the sooner you can figure out what is wrong (if anything) the better chance he has to adjust normally....sorry...I don't mean to scare you....

Linnette - posted on 07/20/2009

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Do they have a older sibling that talks for them? or another same aged child that does? When my sister was younger she would not talk bc my older sister did it for her anytime she wanted something an when my mother made her stop she then had to talk for herself or she didnt get it. Just an idea...hope it helped!

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