My two year old doesn't talk

Julia - posted on 03/05/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My daughter obviously understands what is said to her, but she doesn't speak. Her non-verbal skills are extremely advanced, but she doesn't say many words. Any suggestions?

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Emma - posted on 03/05/2009

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My eldest son had about 3 words in his vocabulary until his was nearly 3, so I wouldn't worry about it too much.

Luna - posted on 02/26/2013

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hi I have a son he will be 2 years old next week he doesnt speak yet just few words maby 5 or 6 but he bubles a lot , understands everything , still pointing at everything he wants and says mmmmmmm when he wants something which is not good for his age i saw a lot of children speak a full sentences in his age , he likes to learn new things like the alphabets , shapes and numbers he just in love with the alphabets and all the songs about the alphabets and can say A, B ,C ,K , O, Q , U,Z properly . I talk with him a lot and sings with him a lot but I speak with him in Arabic and everything soround him in english maby because of that he is trying to learn two languages and confused ? I dont know , I am on the waiting list for speech therapy but it will take months until we have the appointment he doesnt also go to daycare with me at home I take him to the comunity centres to play with ather children but not always maby because of that too? he needs ather children to learn how to talk ? I dont know what should I do it will take months to go to the speech therapy and do the assesment and I'm so worried about him what should i do to encourege him to speak on my own ? any advices ? thank you

Chrystal - posted on 03/05/2009

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I am a speech-language pathologist and I recommend that you get a referral from your pediatrician. Early intervention is the best intervention for a child who does not speak at age 2. It may be nothing to worry about, but its better to be safe with an evaluation. It sounds like she is ok with receptive language, but have her expressive skills evaluated just to put your mind at ease. Best wishes to you and your little one.

Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2009

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My oldest daughter didn't speak much at all at that age either and would get frustrated when I didn't understand what she wanted or needed.  She would grunt and point to what she wanted and that is not healthy!  I agree with Chrystal, get her tested.  My daughter was able to start speech and language therapy when she was 2 and had it through her first couple years of school.  There was no charge for the therapy and ensuring that your daughter is at the proper stage in her development will give you a great peace of mind.  If you find that she is delayed at all, getting her the help she needs early could save her from having many more problems once she gets into school.  Good luck!

Paulette - posted on 03/05/2009

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Hi Julia, Girls usually are more advanced than boys. How many words can she speak? My pediatrician told us at our daughters' 15 month old check-up that the typical child is able to say 5-6 words. I know that your daughter is 2 now so here is a sight to check out and see if she is behind on her expressive language skills: http://www.pbs.org/wholechild/abc/commun.... It will help you have some idea of where your daughter is and if you want to get her evaluated with a speech pathologist. If she has a sibling that should encourage her to speak because she has an example around. But if an older sibling does the talking for her then it would imped her from talking. I would suggest the use of the Leap Frog dvds 'Letter Factory' and 'Word Factory' because my son benefited from this and he has speech delay. I would also enunciate your words too help her hear all of the sounds too. If her hearing is find and you try some of the tips and feel that your best route is to get her evaluate then do it. After all the quicker you find the answers (she is fine or there is some issue to handle) the better off your daughter will be. People do not know your daughter the way you do. If your instinct is tell you she needs assistence then you should get some. She could be just fine and just needs time. I hope this helps a little take care.

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Quoting Esta:

Is she the 1st child? If so the 1st. child never talks clear that early I would put her in a 3 day per-school and that will help her to talk by her being around other children her age but make sure that its a school not a daycare.



also.. if there are a lot of children.. and this is the "baby" thats the issue in my house.. my 2 yr old is the youngest of 4. and they all treat him like the "baby" so he doesnt have to communicate, as the older children are more than willing to get everything for him.



 

Jeannie - posted on 03/05/2009

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I had a similar experience to the one from the parent whose child had fluid in their ears. My daughter didn't talk at two, though she had excellent nonverbal skills. It was not until she was two that she was referred to an ENT. About two weeks after her ENT appt. she had her tonsils and adenoids removed. I know this may not sound relevant but the doctor told me that this was the problem behing the fluid in the ears and the sleep apnea. My daughter started speaking more immediately and was speaking in sentences in less than three months. My point is this, if your gut tells you something is wrong, don't rest until you find out what it is. We took our daughter to the doctor a half-dozen times with ear infections before we were referred to an ENT.

Marie - posted on 03/05/2009

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While some children wait until they are able to say full sentences others speak more quickly. In addition, if there are two languages in the house, she might be adjusting to that as well. Keep your eye on the situation by three she should be more verbal.

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my almost 2 year old doesn't talk... im told not to worry about it.. children develop at their own pace.. if you are extremely concerned about it.. please contact your pediatrition.. and see what he/she says..



best of luck



 

Yavanna - posted on 03/05/2009

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My Brother didn't speak 1 word until he was nearly three and then sentances started coming out.. I wouldn't overly fret especially if your Dr. doesn't seem to be concerned.. All kids progress at their own rates. :-)

Lucy - posted on 03/05/2009

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I just saw this posting and wanted to share my story. My second son didn't talk much either at his age. I listened to what others said and tried not to compare him to his older brother...yet my gut told me otherwise.



Turns out that he had fluid in his ears therefore he didn't hear properly there for he couldn't speak well either. He has allergies which tied into all this. Although I have to say it was a battle to get him referred to the ENT.. This is when we found out he had temporary hearing loss due to his allergies. He is now 12, has had 5-6 tubes placed in his ears, tonsils removed, adenoids removed and he's now doing allergy shots to prevent the fluid build up.



I was told by a DOCTOR that it was because he wasn't breast feed and because I had him in daycare. Again...my gut told me otherwise. Listen to you gut and be your child's advocate!



I would recommend having him seen by an ENT and a speech therapist.

Carolin - posted on 03/05/2009

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Einstein did not talk until he was 5 - you are just raising a genius.

Esta - posted on 03/05/2009

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Is she the 1st child? If so the 1st. child never talks clear that early I would put her in a 3 day per-school and that will help her to talk by her being around other children her age but make sure that its a school not a daycare.

Robin - posted on 03/05/2009

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All babies develop at different stages.  Have you had her hearing checked or talked to her Doctor.  They should be doing something called a Denver Development screen.  Also there is a program called First Steps, they help with child delays and help them catch up.  It's a wonderful program, in my organiztion I referr them all the time.  Google them and check it out.  Hope to have helped.

Danielle - posted on 03/05/2009

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I agree with all the responses so far. It will come. I have a nephew who chose not to speak until he was 3. And then, watch out. He is an amazing teen now, who loves to talk, and is a jokester.



Be patient, and keep talking and reading to your daughter.

Charlie - posted on 03/05/2009

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2 is a hard age. My brother is 2 (he'll be 3 in August) and his vocabulary is only about 10 words while his comprehension level is much greater. And my nephew is also 2 but his vocabulary is pretty much any word you say he can say. Each child is different. If you are worried about her development there are many things to do to put you at ease. #1 get her hearing checked. if that is ok then look for a place that does screening for developmental issues and/or offers speech therapy. They can give you great tips on how to work with your daughter at home. Oh and one thing they told my mother (i'm one of 6 and my lil bro is the youngest) is that he may not be talking because he doesnt have to in such a large family. There is always someone there to talk for him or all he has to do is point to something ... or now a days he just tries to get things himself... but they are working with him and he is getting better. Just remember each child is different and she will get it, but may need help. Good luck!  

Michelle - posted on 03/05/2009

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I have 7 children and one of my daughters did not talk at all at 2. or at 21/2 - it was close to three when the floodgates opened and we have not gone back to quiet since - Why, who knows, everyone else around her was speaking for her, her non verbal was so good that it was easier to point than speak... but she has not had a problem since and she is the child in our house that has the highest verbal comprehension...

Rachel - posted on 03/05/2009

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I wouldn't be too concerned that your 2 year old doesn't talk, once children hit 2 years of age they learn over 250 words a day. She will talk when she is ready, my cousin didn't talk either at that age. now you can't get him to be quite. Some kids just take more time than others do.

Stephanie - posted on 03/05/2009

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There are many 2 year olds that don't talk. She just may not feel the need yet, if I didn't have to, I probably wouldn't either!! lol. If it is a concern, I would ask your doctor for a referral to a Speech Pathologist and they will let you know if she needs Speech and Language Therapy or not, or even if there is a concern regarding her vocals. I wouldn't get too upset about it, she still has alot of time to start and Im sure she has alot to say for when she does!! Good luck!

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my almost 2 year old doesn't talk... im told not to worry about it.. children develop at their own pace.. if you are extremely concerned about it.. please contact your pediatrition.. and see what he/she says..



best of luck



 

Rachel - posted on 03/05/2009

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I wouldn't be too concerned that your 2 year old doesn't talk, once children hit 2 years of age they learn over 250 words a day. She will talk when she is ready, my cousin didn't talk either at that age. now you can't get him to be quite. Some kids just take more time than others do.

Stephanie - posted on 03/05/2009

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There are many 2 year olds that don't talk. She just may not feel the need yet, if I didn't have to, I probably wouldn't either!! lol. If it is a concern, I would ask your doctor for a referral to a Speech Pathologist and they will let you know if she needs Speech and Language Therapy or not, or even if there is a concern regarding her vocals. I wouldn't get too upset about it, she still has alot of time to start and Im sure she has alot to say for when she does!! Good luck!

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