My son stopped talking....!

Toni - posted on 11/30/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My son is 1 year, 8 months... He started talking about 5 months ago. Mostly he would say hi, dog, and Mama a lot. After about 2 months he just stopped! Now all he does is make sounds and although the sounds are adorable and very enjoyable, I am still very concerned....

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Olu - posted on 12/03/2012

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I am very upset .My son is now 4years he started very well he his the quickest of my children to talk and walk. My wife took him on holiday to africa with the sister two months after they came back he stopped talking and does not even show all the sign of the little bubbly boy i once know.



I don`t know what to do. He now goes to a specialist school. I once meet a lady in similar situation that suggest it might be the MRS Jab combine with the malayria Jab that he had all at once because that what she and her daughter stopped talking.



Please help me

Sally - posted on 12/01/2009

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The lack of sensitivity of some people on here astounds me.

I don't think anyone can take this one thing and turn it into a diagnosis of autism. Far out. As many people have said, children's talking often regresses a bit, especially when they are concentrating on something else (eg learning to walk, moving house, other family changes etc). If you are concerned, speak to your doctor. A hearing test may be a good idea, if your child is also not responding to sounds/words.

Autism involves social impairments, abnormal language development, repetitive behaviours and restrictive interests ('obsessions'). It is absolutely NOT possible for someone who has never met your child to say it is "probably autism" based on the information you've given.

(Early Childhod Teacher with 12 years experience, part-way through Masters Degree in Special Education specialising in Autism)

Michelle - posted on 11/30/2009

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BEFORE you FREAK OUT about it being autism (shame on you all for responding with that without more information! unnecessary worry) There is a checklist of other behaviors and general milestones in language that can be observed that are present or absent in the dx of autism.. i would recommend (if you are worried about it) you look up on the internet, ask your doctor, or call a local speech language pathologist, and get some sort of language and behavior checklist to see if your son does any or all of it (many include lack of eye contact, lack of interactions with you, repetitive movements, withdrawn behaviors, etc). Please don't be too worried at this point, just be informed. :)

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Quoting Sally:

The lack of sensitivity of some people on here astounds me.

I don't think anyone can take this one thing and turn it into a diagnosis of autism. Far out. As many people have said, children's talking often regresses a bit, especially when they are concentrating on something else (eg learning to walk, moving house, other family changes etc). If you are concerned, speak to your doctor. A hearing test may be a good idea, if your child is also not responding to sounds/words.

Autism involves social impairments, abnormal language development, repetitive behaviours and restrictive interests ('obsessions'). It is absolutely NOT possible for someone who has never met your child to say it is "probably autism" based on the information you've given.

(Early Childhod Teacher with 12 years experience, part-way through Masters Degree in Special Education specialising in Autism)



 



well said sally:)





 

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speak to your doctor because you are concerned.it could be nothing but always check this out.i wont go upsetting you saying it could be anything i dont have the right to put that worry on any mom.but also my child is ten mths and i have a 5yrs old child and with there developing the would say words and not say them again for ages or stuff like that. best of luck:)

Cavin - posted on 11/30/2009

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i would see a doctor for a hearing test...he could be deaf..and that could be why his vocabulary has decreased..if he cant hear the words he wont repeat them.
wishing him all the health in the world!

Erin - posted on 11/30/2009

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Speak to your child's pediatrician. Also call the local early intervention provider who can evaluate your child for possible developmental delays. Don't rush to the conclusion that it's autism...only a medical provider can make that diagnosis. Many children go through various stages in their development where one aspect takes center stage. monitor your son's other areas of development, if you notice changes in his behavior, ask the pediatrician for a referral to a neurologist.

Jackie - posted on 11/30/2009

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Make an appointment to meet with your child's doctor to discuss your concerns.

Stephanie - posted on 11/30/2009

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I pray it is not autism. One of my daughters did the same thing...her ped. said sometimes they will make physical advances as their mental development slows a bit...and vice versa. This could be the case, but i would still mention it to. his ped. God bless!

Katherine - posted on 11/30/2009

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Oh no.......that does sound like autism. Check because the sooner you get him help the better his chances of learning again. I did ABA, Applied Behavior with autistic children. I hope that isn't it!!!

Sharina - posted on 11/30/2009

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Yes I wouldn't freak out, however, if your child isn't hearing properly and this is causing the language regression you could miss precious "windows of opportunity" for development. I urge you to demand a hearing eval. immediately.

Ashley - posted on 11/30/2009

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Don't freak out! Before I had my daughter I was a preschool teacher and I worked with many different children. Some of them were giving me full sentences at 1 1/2 and some wouldn't say more then dadadadda! Kids do things at different times. Just give it a little while, I'm sure he will be talking your ear off in no time! If it does bother you a great deal then I would just make an appt with the doc and let him/her ease your mind! Good luck! God bless!

Alison - posted on 11/30/2009

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It happens with a lot of children, including my son, and he DEFINITELY does not have autism. It is always good to talk with your doctor just to be sure, but you didn't mention any behavior changes so I am going to assume he acts the same, just doesn't talk as much. Just call objects by their names repeatedly, and eventually he will repeat them back. :) Good luck!

Angela - posted on 11/30/2009

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I had same trouble with my daughter. I finally mentioned it to her daycare provider and they were surprised that I had that trouble because she was speaking at school, but not at home, with me she would just make grunts and noises and point at things she wanted. Also, my daughter had chronic ear infections which did interfer with her hearing things. She is 2.5 now and I cant hush her up!

Sharolett - posted on 11/30/2009

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I agree there I don't think there is anything wrong my son is a year and five months also he stopped talking a couple months ago! He has just started back up and is trying to sing itsy bitsy spider all the time. I would have to agree he is just picking things up and all of a sudden he may just burst out singing lol mine did. I wish you the best of luck!

Leslie - posted on 11/30/2009

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mah son is 19 months an he also did that he went from talkin to googoo lol but its okay i think its just something they go thro if it gets worst talk to a doc

Allison - posted on 11/30/2009

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Two of my kids stopped talking for a little while after saying a few words, right around 12-15 months. I don't know whether it was due to temporary hearing problems from ear infections or maybe just because they were busy learning to do other things like walk, but both started talking again later. It's probably nothing to worry about. It's never a bad idea to talk to your doctor, though.

Erin - posted on 11/30/2009

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dont be too concerned before talking to the doctor. does he still interact with you, like he did before? if not then i would be more concerned. if you think it may be autism then google it and find out the symptoms. i hope everything turns out for the best :)

Michelle - posted on 11/30/2009

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Give it some time.. but try to facilitate his speech- like put him in situations where he needs to repeat to get what he wants.. or just name everything while playing with him and see if he starts to repeat.. Try not to give him what he wants without an attempt to repeat, etc.. i know this is mean- but this is what i would do if i were working with him (i'm a speech therapist) but i would also wait a little longer.. he's still young :)

Janine - posted on 11/30/2009

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my daughter was like that but that doctor said by the time there two you will be suprise how much they pick up on and the doctor said most kids by the age of two know about 50 words and they may only be little words just work on it with him a little if it makes you more comfortable but by two if its not getting better talk to his doctor!!!! Good Luck





p.s. i have a few friends who have two year olds that still only know like 4 words and there healthy and nothing is wrong with them. But if you do see things are getting wrose don't jump the gun before you talk to your doctor.

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