My son only has a few words I'm getting worried

Meaghan - posted on 10/31/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old son understands so much but still is not communicating well. He only says mama dada and bye bye. I try to work with him and teach him words but no luck should i be worried?

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Meghan - posted on 11/03/2009

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My son was the same way. The doctor sent us to speech therapists (that said he was fine) and to have his hearing checked (it was also perfectly normal). The doctor even thought he might be autistic, if you met him you would disagree completely. I stuck in there and force him to use words as much as possible. There were nights when dinner would last for hours because I knew he could use words and wasn't. Finally I read an article about something called tongue tied syndrome. It is where the muscles and tendons in the tongue are too tight and they have a hard time producing certain sounds such as "t", "d", "n", and so on. I realized right away that was his problem. i took him to a physical thereapist that did some cranio sacral work on him and I saw almost instant results. I also di a lot of exercises with him to get him to stick his tongue out farther to stretch it. He is almost four now and talks so much it annoys my husband at times. I turns out he was just having a hard time with forming certain sounds so he would get frustrated and give up. Stick in there and trust your instincts. You know your child better than anyone else.

DeAnni - posted on 10/31/2009

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I have 3 children my oldest is now 4 and he only said a handful of words at that age also. At the time I was still working and sending them to daycare and the owner was always telling me he should be talking and doing other things as while.. Had me very worried so I took him to the doctor and he said I shouldnt listen to her that a child will develop at his or her on speed and just keeping talking and working with him that some times boys are just slower at getting started. He did finally start talking good at about 3, sometimes i feel like he did because our 2 born was starting to talk alot and he was getting it from her! Talk to your doctor about your concerns they should be able to help you. I did take him to be tested and they did see that he needed some help but if you do it early enough they told me that they can usually catch them up so when they start school they want need any help and no special classes! So if worried get him checked. Hope this helped.

Leeann - posted on 10/31/2009

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My son only has a few eords also and he is just fine our Dr is nto worried and neither am I He understands he just dosn't want to alk to me but he is trying more an more everyday. I think as ling as they are trying they are ok. ;)

Lanie - posted on 10/31/2009

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don't worry im little one did d same thing. She didn't start talking until she turn 2. It will happen, just keep talking to ur baby. Talk to him in normal not a baby talk. Hang in there :)

Liza - posted on 10/31/2009

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I wouldn't be too worried, as long as he understands you. My daughter was evaluated around that same time, the therapist said she was perfectly fine, just didn't want to talk. Then one day she wouldn't stop. Just find out from your doctor when would be a good time to worry.

She is 7 now, she took speech therapy but ONLY for different sounds and letter clusters that I was told can be difficult for some. "R" is the toughest I also told.

My second is 2 and she was the total opposite. Runs her mouth constantly and adds new words everyday.

He'll talk when he is ready.

Christy - posted on 10/31/2009

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If your pediatrician has not gave you any indication that your son is under his percentile dont worry i have 4 sons and each one talked, walked, and potty trained at different ages. Dont rush it enjoy these years of getting to know each other. When he does expand his vocabulary you will probably wish he hadn't LOL! just kidding. hope this helps

Shannon - posted on 10/31/2009

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My youngest two children were the same way even now my four year old struggles. I had them tested through special ed service through our school dis. at about that age and they meet what they considered needed extra help. And it was a blessing because i wasn't understanding them but they new what they wanted there frustration was at an all time high. lots of screaming all the way up to hurting themselves by pulling out their hair and slamming their head off of things. What worked best for them was sign language. you sign when you talk and they pick it up fast and start signing for their need. It really helped pretty soon you just hope you can remember what sign means what lol. also you could take pictures of things around the house and hold it up for your child to choose things he or she is wanting. I didn't like the whole picture thing as well the other way worked better for us. I hope this helps a little and good luck!

Jen - posted on 10/31/2009

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when my daughter was that age she only said a handful of words as well. She is developmentally delayed and goes to special need classes and has been in speech therapy since she was 2. However it may not be that serious. He may have trouble seeing, if not hearing. For him to learn the words he has to see your mouth to learn how to work his. The first things my daughter learned in speech therapy was simple sign language. I used to hand everything to her without her needing to ask, so she had no need to learn. I hope this helps

Anneke - posted on 10/31/2009

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Personally, I don't think you should be too worried. Every kid does their own thing. He may just be the one that is taking everything in, and one day, he won't stop! :)

As long as he lets you know what he needs and wants, and you know he's hearing everything well, he's probably fine. Just not ready to start talking yet. Remember, that's only my opinion. If you get too worried, take him to see the Dr and get him checked out! Good luck! And take advantage of the quiet time! lol

Whitney - posted on 10/31/2009

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Talk to he pediatrician if you're worried. Odds are his developement is just fine he just isn't that motivated to speak.

Katelyn - posted on 10/31/2009

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i suggest taking him to a speech theropist... or get his hearing checked.. sometime with kids who have trouble hearing things clearly can't speek well either...have you taken him to his pediatrition?

Hope you find some help ...

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