My daughter is still not talking at 17 months, is it to soon to worry?

Alicia - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 134 moms have responded )

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My daughter is going to be 18 months in about 2 weeks and only says mama and hi every once in a while other then that she doesn't talk. 2 doctors have told me to take her to see a speech therapist and have her hearing tested. The doctor said that a child around 17 months should be able to say at least 6 or more words not including mama and dadda. So I did make an appointment at Childrens Medical Center for mid Oct. However I am not sure if it is to soon to really start worrying?

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Barbara - posted on 09/03/2009

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Sometimes we are to quick to give them what they want or pointing at, let her say the word after you and reward her with it... Also you can test the hearing yourself clap your hands in back of her, call her name..etc..some kids just block you at, but it is good that you are taking her it won't hurt..

Maria Regina - posted on 09/03/2009

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Hello Alicia. I am a childcare provider. I am not professionally trained but have 19 years of daycare experience, caring for over 70 children, in addition to the 31 years of caring for my own 4. All children speak at different times. I am working with a wonderful little boy now who is also 18 mos. old. His father also spoke later than others. I worked with children who spoke when they were three. Checking their hearing is sound advice and this will eliminate one possible cause for the delay. Otherwise, continue to make eye contact with your child and speak words so they can see how you are creating the sounds. I have a whole bunch of other tips but it may be too lengthy for this forum. Let me know if you want to know more. No need to worry.

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My daugher said only some words until after age 2, but once she started talking, she REALLY started talking. She just started talking in sentences and caught up to the other kids who used to be ahead of her. She was probably 2 years and 3 months old. So I say don't worry!

Laura - posted on 09/03/2009

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My son did the same thing. He was the one who looked an smiled that is it. He would say mommy and daddy you know what he wanted but talk "no". This went on till he was 2 1/2 he has surgery for his adnoids and toncles (hope it is spelled right) and not a month later he would not shut up as still to this day lol. Enjoy the quite for now babys have there own way of doing things I think it is to make is easire for us as they grow :). Oh by the way he is 9 now and still does not stop talking.

Kristin - posted on 09/03/2009

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I dont think its ever "too early" to get involved if you think there is something wrong. Its better to check and make sure there is nothing wrong EARLY rather then waiting and hoping something isnt wrong, only to find out your child has a problem. I would definitely go and get your child evaluated and see what a professional thinks. Who knows the therapist may be able to suggest methods to get your little one speaking more or walking. If there is something wrong, theyll be able to get your child on a path to make them the most successful.. how can that be wrong.
Good luck with everything.

Yesenia - posted on 09/03/2009

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I have 2 kids and my daughter talked up a storm.. by 14 months.. My son on the other hand didn't, he did however have a lot of ear infections.. and he did have some hearing loss.. But the other thing I noticed was that he never babbled..so how can you talk if you don't practice.. not only that but he was stubborn, I would try to encourage him to talk, but he just was not interested.. Needless to say now he is 4 and he is talking, because he is ready~~My advice is take her to the speech therapy evaluation and see what they say, also if she did have hearin loss or alot of ear infections, I think it does effect them because these are crucial times for hearing, listening and learning.. Tyr not to be too pushy, because sometimes that makes them even more stubborn.. but encourage her and try different methods, keep asking and DO got to speech therapy if it's recommended. I also put him with older children and explain to her that she has to talk to tell you what she wants.. lots of stickers and prizes for little grils and boys who try;)

Laurie - posted on 09/03/2009

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My 2nd daughter was the same way, she refused to talk until around 18 months or so. Now at 27 months, she is talking all the time. Some words are still very unclear, but she's at least trying to make words! But, my pediatrician, whom I love and trust, has reassured me time and time again not to worry too much. She said at 2 1/2 if she doesn't talk more, she'd be glad to refer us to speech therapy if we wanted to go that route. We'll see what another 3 months brings us. I know it is very worrysome, but every kid is different! Good luck! =)

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I don't have time to read all of the posts but I read quite a few... the best advice is to go by your doctors recommendation and stay on top of it! If your noticing the same thing by the time she is almost 3 then I would have her evaluated. If your worried about your child having a developmenta disability that would be the time to have her evaluated. I have done a bit of work with autistic children and boys are diagnosed earlier than girls because of their lack of speech. I am sure that she is fine and just doing things at her pace. Having the different tests done will help eliminate some reasons as to why she is not talking.

Roze - posted on 09/03/2009

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Nothing to worry about with the tests, they will either prove or disprove any worries you are having (without your GP adding to them). My daughter hardly spoke until she was 2, my mother thought she was tongue tied, my GP quickly referred her to a therapist. She needed no help at all, she had her own language, which it seems only her brother and I understood, until she was 3 and since then you just can't shut her up!! She is 17 now and has no hearing or speech impediments at all, I am sure your daughter, like mine, is excelling in other areas where her peers aren't.

Sarah - posted on 09/03/2009

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Its never too soon to worry. That however is not a significant delay. Children all develope at different rates. I would give her a few months and really work with her and then maybe reach out to early intervention if she cant keep up. early intervention makes a huge difference. Sign language is also a great way to encourage communication and speaking!

Krosebank - posted on 09/03/2009

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I wouldn't worry , I would take action. I had 2 nontalkers and both had hearing and speech muscle issues. So both are fine now. Jen is 30 and studied musical theatre and great performer, Marcus is in college and works and loves to write screenplays. So one thing to remember is worrying is a wasted emotion. Yes have your child tested and then go from there. Whatever the outcome find some info on internet to stimulate speech without pressuring the child. If it turns out that your child is not "verbal" there is sign language and just teaching gesturing to make her less frustratated. No matter what your child will always be perfect, cause every child is!!! All children are different and that's what makes life fun and challenging. Expect that there is no "normal" and you will enjoy so much more your little girl as she blossoms and grows through life.

Enjoy every minute, they grow so fast!! Best wishes

Alayna - posted on 09/03/2009

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I think it helps you hear about when other people's children started talking, but at the same time, every child is different. If you trust your pediatrician and the doctor recommends checking into it, that is probably the best thing you can do. At least they can rule out any possible problems. My thoughts are that if your daughter understands and follow simple commands like, "Give me that ball, please." for example...or will point to different objects when you ask her "Where is...?" I can't imagine it would be her hearing. But it is best to check into it if your doctor is concerned. I think it's early to be concerned, but only those that really know your child would know whether or not to be concerned.

My experience is that my son is 26 months and literally, within the last two months his speech has taken off. He went from just whining and grunting and really not saying anything to talking very well and clearly. Give it time. If the hearing tests go well and she understands you and others, and can follow simple commands, give her time. Maybe she's just perfectly content and feels no need to tell you any different. Dress her in the wrong outfit one day, she'll speak up, I'm sure! :) But seriously don't panic, listen to the doctor, trust your instincts...who knows your daughter better than you?...and if you don't trust your doctor and want a second opinion, find a new doctor. Good luck!

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It's not to early to ever worry about your kids' development. My son got speech therapy at 18 months cause his doc suggested it wasn't going to do any harm and it was state-subsidised so cost me hardly anything. Within two months he was full-fledged talking. You can wait until they're two or more but if it's not going to harm them, why not just go for it? If there is something wrong, on the other hand, why wait another 6 months to find out?

Holly - posted on 09/03/2009

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Does she have older siblings? My oldest child spoke like an adult when he was only two, so when his younger brother came along I was kinda worried about his delayed speech. After talking to others, I found out that it's common with tots who have an older sibling. They don't talk cause they don't have to! The older one tells us what the younger one wants. Another lady told me how her child would grunt and point at the fridge door to indicate that she wanted something to drink. So after many attempts to get the child to use her words, the mother finally just started ignoring the grunts. And guess what! The child said, "May I have a drink, please"!! If no problems with the ears, I wouldn't worry.

Jeanette - posted on 09/03/2009

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I'm having the same problem with my daugter who will be 15 months on the 10th. I actually have an appointment on the 11th at children's medical center for her well visit where I will have them check he hearing and mention my concern. She says maybe a total of 4 words including mama and dada. So we'll see what they say. Good luck with your daugter

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Not to worry every child has a mind of their own even at an early age....My daughter didn't talk till she was 3 years old. She will when she feels it is her time to let the world know what she has to say.. Time is all she needs with lots of love

Haley - posted on 09/03/2009

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pls note that my 2nd child only got her first tooth at 16 months - i was stressing should i have xrays to check if she has teeth but it came and then they all started popping out. she is not 3 in October and only started speaking in the last 6 months as well. i was again absolutely stressing over this becuase my 1st was talking and full sentences by 13 months - i was loosing sleep / did hearing tests and everything and then just one day she started and now never stops (haha) even though the doctors all said to me every child is different and the tests were all clear - as a mother you still stress but believe you me as long as you rule out hearing as a problem she will start in her own time. try not to stress.

Sheron - posted on 09/03/2009

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It's better to be safe than sorry later.... rull out all of the possibilities!!!



I have a son who will be 3 next month... was talking then after shots at 12 months quit talking... we are now dealing w/ AUTISM

He has come a long way... alot of therapy, GF/CF diet

Gwen - posted on 09/03/2009

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My daughter is 23 months and will not talk either. My doctor and Parents as Teachers lady have told me that I need to force her to talk. I told them that she communicates in her own way and will talk when she is ready. The 17 month age is just an average. I know kids that did not start talking till they were three or older and they turned out just fine without any speach problems. I know my daughter understands because you can tell her a detailed request of go put the bowl in the sink and she will do it or when reading her books if I ask her where the tree is and she points to it I know she is just fine. Doctors can only go off averages so I think you can cancle your appointment and wait a few more months.

Samantha - posted on 09/03/2009

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My son didn't say much of anything until he was about 2, he was a very quiet boy, but he heard, listened, and gave very clear responses without being verbal. But then in pretty much one week, he went from quiet, to sentances! And during that week, I could hear him when he'd sneak off to play alone, practicing talking to his stuffed animals and our dogs.I'd hear him working through difficult words and phrases (thank you, yes please, Juice, leave me alone!) and later that day when he (I think) had them down to his satisfaction, would test them out on Mommy, then on Daddy, and it was another few weeks before he'd talk outside of the house. Now he's three, and he not only talks fluently, but makes up entire stories, has full-blown conversations, and verbalizes very well.
When my pediatrician was worried about his lack of noises, she asked a few important questions. Does he sometimes make noise, does he hear and respond to you in any way, especially if he can't see you, and did he seem to be normal in other respects. And I think the most important one she asked was if I was worried. We never baby talked him, and we read to him a lot, and even when he wasn't talking, we'd ask questions, wait for him to respond or at least give a look or motion indicating he was paying attention, then answer the questions (what color is that boy's bike? ect) and now he is full of all kinds of information about things!
As a side note, my son didn't say Mama or Dada, but he did bark like a puppy when you asked if he wanted things, he would jump up and down when he was happy or excited, and he shook his head for yes and no questions, just no direct verbal responses in english.
Follow up on your doctors suggestions, but ask yourself if you are worried! I think some children are conscious about doing things well, and might actually wait to talk a little longer then others. Good luck, and I'm sure she will be talking up a storm in no time, you will miss the quieter times! LOL!

Zoe - posted on 09/03/2009

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also if she is an only child or doesnt spend much time with adults and other children she will be slower picking up words ,

go ahead with the therapist but every mother knows thier child xx

Kerin - posted on 09/03/2009

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My third child didn't start talking until 32 months, but I didn't worry because, 1. He could understand everything that was being said around him, as he would respond to it all and communicate nonverbally with deep concepts (his mime became really good, so that we were all entertained by it!;) and 2. His dad didn't start talking until he was 3 years old (according to my mother-in-law). At 32 months, he started picking up words fairly quickly. If you feel like he's really not hearing you, and you have decent insurance, go ahead and check his hearing. otherwise, i'd wait it out; and read to him a lot;) That way when he decides to talk he'll have the vocabulary in his brain just waiting to come out:)

Sheena - posted on 09/03/2009

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You should go ahead w/ the therapist before it is too late. My daughter is 15 months and she knows nearly 20 or more words. Do you read to her? Reading also helps babies develop theit language skills. They are able to point to things they see and know what they are. My daughter also knows her farm animals and the sounds they make. Please do it now before she becomes of school age. The daycare setting helped both my daughters.

Zoe - posted on 09/03/2009

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my son has just turned 3 and had the same trouble , he didnt start talking prperly until he was 2 1/2.

All i will say is dont stress to much, she will talk when shes ready then all of a sudden she will be talking loads xx

Amanda - posted on 09/03/2009

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My daughter does not say alot of words and she is 19 months. she says baby, ball, mine, dog, mama,dada, and that is about it. I do not think you should worry too much. Have you tried to sit down and say words with your daughter.

Amber - posted on 09/03/2009

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My daughter is the same.

her words are moma, dadd, nana, more, byee, hiyya,boe boe, noo, yuup. shes 17-18 months in end of sept. all kids r different. she is my first just try and read her books, and let her pick out the pictures and when she points explain whats happening!. i try and repeat words 2 her. not baby talk, but when she babbles i listen and try and understand what shs saying. its kinda frustrating but she will get there eventually. hope u all the best xxx

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My second daughter was a "late talker", this is the term the speech therapist used. The public health nurse referred us there when Caitie was only saying a few words at 17 months. They determined that comprehension was fine and she was just not verbalizing. The program offered by Maple Ridge Public health was based on the Hanen program and it is actually the parents that take the class to help their children. www.haneninontario.org/Ontario/pages/Parents/HanenProgramsForParents/HanenProgramsForParents.htm. This is the website of the Hanen program. We did the program It Takes Two To Talk. Caitie is now 4 and is talking up a storm, if your daughter understands you, I wouldn't be too worried but I would definitely look into this program.

Theresa - posted on 09/02/2009

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it is never too early to worry. now with the statsics out for developmental delays. (Autism, aspergers syndrom, PDD. ) ask questions now and get testing and observations. My son is autistic and he only said mama dada baba and then nothing. it happened right before me eyes & I never knew about it (autism) It was a total shocker!!!! theresa

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As an Audiologist, I would say better checked soon. So like some posts, I encourage you to take your daughter to SLP and Audiologist. If nothing is wrong, then you know something you don't need to worry about.
Ear infection is many times not that obvious. Kid may not feel anything, but may have ear infection long long long time. It is really important for little one to hear what is around him/her to develop a great auditory pathway that we use rest of our life.
I don't want you to panic, and I am glad that you are not. However, I wouldn'tt wait too long to have ear and speech checked.

Kristy - posted on 09/02/2009

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My girl is a late talker, she is 4 now and still has a little trouble. But I wouldn't worry as much as I would keep trying. Make your own flash cards, take advantage of any on demand baby boost learning videos on tv for free, try to converse with her more instead of " can you say..." . We realized how much we were talking at her and not to her. And when she was repeating us non-stop, it seemed to make sense that if we corrected everything she said, well we were repeating her so why wouldn't she repeat us. Hearing test is a good thing to check anyway, but don't freak out too much. First children, to me, seem to be more observant, ya know monkey see monkey do. Trust your heart, you know your child best. I always felt that as long as I saw improvement in my daughter, that I didn't worry too much. Stalled learning and regression is when I would look into it. Hope this helps you!
~Kristy
Mom of 1in WA

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Please go get your daughter's hearing and speech tested. The hearing test can be done by an ENT and the speech test by an organization in your area. Ask your Pediatrician for help in finding a reputable speech center.

My daughter wasn't talking at 18 months and had a speech disorder. Quicker testing would have led to a quicker recovery.

Being an advocate now, helps your child in the future. If you act now, the therapy will be shorter than if you want too long.

I'm sure that she's OK, but you need to have answers now. Remember you have Mother's Intuition. Use it! Don't fight it!!!

Good luck. I'll say prayers that everything will be just fine.

Marina - posted on 09/02/2009

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Hi Alicia! I am a mom and a speech pathologist. Do NOT worry, but do take her for an evaluation. Early intervention is wonderful and will help you to help her, in addition to what therapy will do for her. Children who are "delayed" in their development can catch up, but don't have regrets by waiting. I myself have a little boy who needed PT, and I'm so grateful that I got him evaluated and jumped right into therapy. You're a great mom for just getting her the appointment. Some parents stay in denial and do not do the child any good. Good luck!

Tricia - posted on 09/02/2009

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Here is the rule:

Talk by 2, Understand by 3.

If you have a child who is not talking by 2, or are 3+ & you cant understand them, make an appt. Early intervention is sooooo helpful. My hubby works in pediatric rehab, so i have it on good authority :)

Sarah - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son was the same way but we waited until he was 2 to do something about it. That is why my first question to you is, is she tongue tied? You should have the doctors check for that. My son was born tongue tied which means that the frenulum (the flap that holds you tongue in your mouth on the bottom is too far toward the front) was making it so that the couldn't speak properly. We took him to the doctor and they snipped it, they didn't even put him under they used a topical anasthetic and snipped it and then brought him back to me all in under 10 minutes. I really wish we had done something sooner because he is still about a year behind with his speech. But on the plus side when we started the speech therapy he picked it up right away and he could finally tell me he wanted a drink or a toy, etc. He wasn't frustrated anymore because I couldn't understand him and I wasn't upset because I didn't know wha the wanted.

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Hi. According to my mom, I didn't start talking until I was two, and then I said a complete sentence. Don't worry.

Joanne - posted on 09/02/2009

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Hi, my daughter only said a few words untill she was aroud 2 years old, i took her for speech therapy & allsorts, there was nothing wrong with her, she was just taking it all in & now never shuts up!!!! She didnt start talking properly till after about 2 years & 3 months, i wouldnt worry about it just yet, give it a few more monthe & see what happens. x

Elaine - posted on 09/02/2009

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hi my name is elaine and i have three boy's callum who is seven and kieran who is six and cammeron who is three. the fist two started talking around twenty months, but cammeron didn't start untill he was about twenty eight months i was worried but you would never know it we can't shut him up now he can talk for england. so don't worry to much hope this help. take care elaine

Kerriena - posted on 09/02/2009

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my daughter lost her hearing at 2 and a half and the doc's didn't fix it till she was 5 she went to a speech therapist 4 a year and she's caught up with her class friends and is doing better than some of them now the younger they sort it the faster they pick it up so good luck it's not to late

Abbi - posted on 09/02/2009

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although both my children are chatterboxes like me i worried with my daughter that she would not speak as fast or as well as my son did. i decided that as long as i could understand her i would be happy so i began using sign language wit her at a very early age. although im not deaf nor is she i found she would quickly copy an in turn tell me what she wanted. along with signing i also spoke the words an im convinced that it helped. for a doctor to say that a child should be saying a certain amount is saying all children should be the same. its not true. each child, siblings or not is completely different to the next one. some children spend more time listening an taking words in then speak wen they feel confident, some children hav older siblings that might speak for them an dont feel the need to. copying words ova an ova to a child will always help as they are like little sponges. it doesnt always help tho to ask them to repeat it. always explain to a child an talk thru every action u make "mummy is washing up now. look im washing the fork" for example. before u know it yr child will talk so much you'll want them to stop

good luck Abbi

AMALIA - posted on 09/02/2009

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My son was the same way, he was two and would only point at things. I also made an appointment at Childrens Medical Center but before the appt he started talking. I have a 22 month old baby now and her vocabulary is only 4 words but I'm not worried. I thinkd you should wait until she's about 2 1/2.

Courtney - posted on 09/02/2009

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My sons had the same thing... At 18 months he couldnt talk and barely walked.. Doctor told me to get him evaluated and he ended up being Developmently Delayed. So we had took him to get services for Speech, Occupational, and Physical... After he turned 3 he went in the school system and got the same services there except in a classroom environment and with other kids. He is now a kindergartener doing great! He still recieves Speech services. He has made so much improvement. I say take your child to get evaluted.. It doesnt hurt to be sure there nothing else is going on.

Carolee - posted on 09/02/2009

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I wouldn't worry. Every child is different and develops at their own pace. My son struggled with speaking in sentences until I realized that I was speaking way too fast for him to catch the words. He would say, "Mommy, ah do la te der?" and like that. I realized when he was 3 that I spoke way to fast and that was what he was hearing from me. So, I slowed down and he began to form sentences and his communication skills improved rapidly. Be patient and good luck!

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IF YOUR BABY DOC SAYS NO HEARING ISSUES ARE THERE THEN LET HER JUST GROW AT HER PACE. MAKE SURE NO ONE IS TALKING BABY TALK TO HER.THIS SOUNDS CUTE , BUT IS HARD FOR A CHILD TO HEAR THEE CORRECT WAY TO SAY A WORD. I HAVE TWO GRANDSONS,(4-2) THE OLDEST SPOKE CLEARLY AT 7MONTHS THE LITTLE ONE SPOKE CLEARLY AT ABOUT 2 . DON'T WORRY MOM JUST TALK TO HER A LOT..

User - posted on 09/02/2009

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My eldest was slow at talking and I found the thing that really got him saying proper words instead of just babbling was a sing a long (nursery rhyme) cd in the car. Kept playing it and eventually he started singing along, I found that at the same time he started putting together words and the rest is history so to say. I don't know if its still about as my kids are now 14 and 12 but "The fun song factory" was a good one also available on DVD. Good Luck

Janette - posted on 09/01/2009

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Well, my daughter is 2 1/2 now and having to go through Speech Therapy. At 18 months, she wasn't talking except for mom, hi and bye. The doctors kept telling me not to worry that it would come with time. Well she now says a lot, but not clearly. We can barely understand her. She is having to have tubes put in her ears, cuz apparently she had water build up and wasn't hearing clearly. so now she is having tubes put in and also going to speech therapy. So, I wouldn't worry too much; but I would take her to a speech therapist and probably an ENT (Ear Nose & Throat Dr.). I wish I would've taken her sooner so this wouldn't be a problem now at 2 1/2 yrs old. I didn't worry cuz she was young, and now wish I would have at least had her looked at.



Hope this helps. But don't worry too much. All children develop at different ages.

Kelli - posted on 09/01/2009

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Alicia,



While kinds do talk at different stages, it's not too soon to start to worry, particularly if you have two different doctors recommending a speech therapist. If your daughter doesn't say mama and dada and have words for a favorite toy, her bottle and blanket, there could actually be a problem, though it's nothing to pull your hair out about. I would also recommend getting her hemoglobin checked, as low iron can retard your daughter's development. Most speech problems can be simply solved, though some methods can be time consuming. Keep in mind that she doesn't have to be an orator (Oh, that's bad! At that age you, me, my daughter, grandchildren were deliving disertations!). But less than six words at this age can be pointing you to something that you need to be paying attention to. I have had two children with significant speech problems. My daughter, who is dyslexic and has a severe tongue thrust lisp in addition to other speech problems, was talking with at least six words at that age, and that is with speech problems. While it was hard to understand her, she was clearly talking. My youngest son, however, not only could not use six words, he could not even say Mama. The cut off my pediatrician gave me was 17 months. So keep that appointment with the medical center, or better yet, see if you can find someone who works in early intervention.

BTW...my son went through 20 months of early intervention between the time he was 2 and 4 years old. He is now 13 and you can't even tell he ever had a speech problem at all.

Lolita - posted on 09/01/2009

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Some kids take a little longer to talk, continue to encourage her to say words, answer questions. Don't speak for her and have her repeat back to you. If she's been tested for hearing and the couple of words she does say are clear, don't worry just keep working with her. Give her a couple of months & if there's no improvement, take her to see a therapist (speech) Soonercare has free speech therapy up to the age of 3. Good Luck.

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Sign language is the answer to draw baby attention and communicate. Vocal development is delay for all babies. Babies will learn sign language first and make the connection to the vocal word. Babies will learn vocal later. Don't let babies frustrate as well as yourself.

Cheri - posted on 09/01/2009

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Don't worry, my son who is now 26 months only said a few words at that age, when hit hit 2 yrs. old he just started blurting out words that he heard, now we can't get him to be quiet. Give it a few more months before you make a big deal out of it. She will come around when she is ready.

User - posted on 09/01/2009

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Enjoy the peace and quiet!! My daughter didn't start talking until she was two and hasn't stopped since!!

Jennifer - posted on 09/09/2009

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Yes, make those phone calls for a speech therapist and hearing to see why your 17 month old is not talking. My son was not talking and found out that fluid was blocking his hearing. After 6 months of therapy and tubes put in he is about two months behind on his speech development. My son never had a ear infection before just delayed in speech. Don't wait!

Tameeka - posted on 09/08/2009

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My daughter was the same. She wasn't saying as many words as the doctors thought she should. So she was sent to a speech therapist. The doctors were also concerned about her talking because she had chronic ear infections. But, the therapist helped alot and now the girl won't stop talking and I'm happy about it. So it won't hurt to see what the therapist has to say about your 17 month old not talking.

Julie - posted on 09/07/2009

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hey my little girl is 20 mths and has a few words but understands everythin u say to her,i think part of it is because her older sister taiks for her she just lazy but cleaver.i wouldnt worry about your 17 month old not talking she will do it in her own time.xx

Christa - posted on 09/07/2009

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My mother owns a daycare center and I had the privilege of working with children at many different centers. At every center we had children who did not speak many words at that age (18 months). Each one who did not speak well had a speech therapist and by the time they were three years old they were right along side the other children. I wouldn't worry about your 17 month old not talking, I just think she needs a little help along the way. I would take your doctors advice by seeing a speech therapist. Good luck!

Christine - posted on 09/07/2009

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If your 17 month old is not talking you should definitely get her hearing tested. Additionally, do you have Early Intervention where you are? It's a program that helps kids with delays. Your child would get evaluated and if approved, could get speech therapy at home one hour a week. The therapist works with your child and would give you tips on how to get her talking. They say every child develops on their own, but there is nothing wrong with being proactive to rule things (like a hearing problem) out instead of ignoring a possible issue. Good luck.

Miriam - posted on 09/07/2009

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I agree that you should not panic about your 17 month old not talking. Every child is different in their development. Doctors go by statistics and they refer to the average child. If your daughter for instance was slow on starting to walk, she might simply still be processing that progress. Which can be a reason for why she's not talking yet. If you feel like your child understands you when you talk to her, there is no reason to worry. Patience and encouragement is the key. She will talk when she's ready. Just don't put pressure on her but gently encourage her. Read to her on a regular basis and talk to her a lot. It is the same with bilingual children. They receive so much input, so they try to figure out what word belongs to which language and when to use which that they also tend to take longer than monolingual children. Within the first three years children develop in so many different areas, some simply faster than others. That does not mean that anything is wrong with your child or that your daughter will have problems in the future. When she's ready to talk she might even start with phrases rather than words.

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