15 month old not talking yet

Jessica - posted on 06/08/2010 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 15 months old and not talking yet. She doesn't point to things she wants either. She will usually just cry until I "guess" correctly. I try to use flash cards, tell her what food item she's eating, and have her watch the "your baby can read" series, but we haven't gotten much out of it yet. she does say "Hi" but not consistently, and she says "Dadda". I'm a full time working mom, so the only time I have to work with her is the 3 or so hours I get with her her between my picking her up from day care and her going to sleep. Anyone have any tips?

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Melissa - posted on 06/16/2010

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Jessica,

Hello! I have a 15 month old boy who is also not really speaking words, however he does use gestures to communicate his needs (pointing, walking to his highchair when hungry, etc.)

I know everyone has mentioned getting her hearing checked, but I was also thinking about something else. I do not know if this applies to you, but is your little girl learning more than one language? Children who are raised in bilingual households do not start speaking as soon as those who are only learning 1 language. Not sure if that is happening with you, but I thought I'd mention it.

When did she start walking? My pediatrician told me that usually babies can only focus on mastering walking OR talking 1 at a time. My son is still learning how to walk steadily and I know that has postponed his verbal development. I wouldn't worry about her lack of speaking more words and using them appropriately, but the lack of communication through body language would concern me. Is she a very social child? She might just find it very frustrating to try to tell you what she needs. I know my son gets so easily frustrated when he cannot do something right... even the second time. Give it time and if you have any "mommy intuitions" to get her checked out for ANYTHING, follow your gut and don't let any doctors tell you differently.

Good luck,

Melissa

Donna - posted on 06/16/2010

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Iam a specail needs early years advsior. It quite normal that you 15 month old is not talking yet. The inportant thing is does she understand you? If you say kick ball does she do it? Then its fine.

User - posted on 05/21/2012

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My son did not talk or walk until he was 2 years old. Our pediatrician recomended Birth to Three, which is a program here in Connecticut that offers speech, physical, and occupational therapy for children ages "birth to three." They sent therapists to our home 3 times a week in the beginning, and then when my son reached the age of 3, because he still needed the help, (and still does) we were reffered to an intregrated preschool program. My son has just done his second year there, he will be 5 in august, and we cannot be more grateful to the program. He has come so far in his speech, his physical therapy, and his social interaction. I remember how frustrating it is not being able to get your child to express his needs. As hard as it is, be patient, children follow their own schedule. Ask your pediatrician if he can recomend a program for your family. And hang in there, it will get easier!

Virginia - posted on 06/18/2010

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My daughter didn't really talk until 18 months and now she never stops talking, so I wouldn't worry about your 15 month old not talking. Just keep talking to her and she'll surprise you one day :)

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my daughter wouldnt say a word until she was about a year in a half, the doctor said some children babble, and some children hold it all in and process it until they can make sense of it....I wouldn't worry about your 15 month old not talking. Once my daughter started she didnt stop....lol....her first words were..."see ya later alligator".....when a friend was leaving the house....she is 18 now

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Jaimie - posted on 01/20/2012

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I agree with a lot of the folks, Check out early intervention programs in your area that screen the hearing and speech. My son, was a late talker, and we found he had apraxia. Check it out as well as a lot of the late talker apraxia sites very similar, and they tell you some of that at home things to do, the speech therapy to screen. Early intervention take care of much of the doubt and needs quickly. Since she is young you can get thing in order well before she hits school

Elaine - posted on 01/09/2012

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Have you had her hearing checked? Some children are slower than others. If her hearing is fine and there's no other physical problem, you may have to just wait it out and let her develop at her own pace. Also, what is she getting at daycare? do the caregivers talk to the children a lot? do you talk to her a lot? Most educators do not recommend any type of computer or TV, DVD, etc until children are 3. Does she respond in any way to loud noises that occur behind her? Does she turn to look at the source?

Patricia - posted on 10/15/2011

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She is young yet. Children development at their own pace and rate of speed. there is no need to compare her with others you have known as all children develop differently.

Erika - posted on 09/29/2011

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My Granddaughter is turning 15 months and dose not say mama dada nothing she makes noises like grunts growls like she is stimulating her ears but you can yell and yell her name all day long you can walk up and yell to startler her but no reaction to nothing, My step daughter called her ped and asked to have her hearing checked and they gave her a hard timeby saying they dont really like to check thier hearing until they are at least 3yrs she has midwest insurence so she cant go nowhere else to have it done and they wont even take her in till late october to even try is there any where in michigan that can help I had 5 kids and helped raise 3 step kids I have worked in the health field all my life and worked with hearing impaired and never had a doctor office act like this. I have to get her attention by vibrating things or tapping her shoulder I bang the table or stomp the floor ect. then she will look I know there is a prob some where...What can we do....Erika

Dianne - posted on 06/18/2010

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Does your daycare work with her? Have you had a Dr. check her ears to make sure she can hear ok because that could be a cause of your 15 month old not talking.

Jessica - posted on 06/16/2010

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It may just be my poor memory, mine is 11, but are we really expecting a lot of words from a 15 month old? My niece's daughter is 16 mos and has probably 4 words she can use consistently.

Amanda - posted on 06/16/2010

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I would talk to your doctor about your 15 month old not talking to make sure she doesn't have a developmental delay, but some kids just talk later than others. I found what helps my girls is reading to them - not just at bedtime but throughout the day. That is really where they seem to pick up words and then are able to put a picture to a word. I also have tried to have a "conversation" with my girls so they can pick up words that I say. Good luck!

Alicia - posted on 06/16/2010

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Does she make eye contact? Is her muscle tone good? I only mention this because no one else has, but have you had her evaluated for autism? I have 2 nephews who are autistic and the 2 things I mentioned, plus the not speaking were the earliest indicators. Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 06/16/2010

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My 15 month old is not talking yet either. He did, though, just start walking a month ago so I feel like he's probably just a bit behind. Regardless, I'm still planning to make a Dr's appointment to have him evaluated. And my mom sent me this helpful link: http://aplaceofourown.org/question_detai...

Amber - posted on 06/15/2010

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hi jessica my son was like that and come to find out he had hearing problems and he now has speech classes ..when i was working i would come home and if he wanted something i would have him show me and then i would say can u say milk or ect u might want to discuss this with her doctor and maybe try this if u haven't

Shauna - posted on 06/15/2010

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I would seriously consider what Charlene said about getting her ears checked. I had the same problem myself and I had to get ear surgeries and special ed classes all due to the fact I could not hear what people were telling me. It was due to multiple ear infections that caused damage but it took them years to figure that out. The damage might be there even if the ear infection is not. With speech therapy I was able to go on to a normal life, but that didn't happen until I was 7 and the doctor was a little upset that nobody "took care" of the the problem until I was in school and already and being treated like a special ed student. Its an easy test, not invasive and worth doing just so you don't have to worry. If caught early the problem is a small obstacle. :)

Wendy - posted on 06/15/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter.. she will be turning 16 years old in December. She didn't start talking until 3. We realized that her older brother, and us too, would just get what she wanted and/or needed and didn't make her ask for stuff.. In essence she didn't need to talk because we were all doing it for her. My son would say.. Whitney wants some milk .. or I would just get it for her with out saying "milk" and she didn't need her voice. She also has had allergies her whole life. They did effect her hearing a bit but only because she was congested a lot. Allergy medications with decongestants in the helped her a lot.
We also started making her say what it was that she wanted. It resulted in lot of temper tantrums but once she realized that she wouldn't get what she wanted until she said what she wanted she started talking.
And believe me once she started .. she has never stoppped! Now she talks a million miles per minute as your will too.

Veronica - posted on 06/15/2010

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my now 9yr old didn't talk either and her Doctor told me to mske her talk by not giving thiings to her until she asked and that is I had to constantly teach her as She wanted things.So when you do find out what she is crying for then,don't give it to her until she says it.If it's an apple then hold it or keep it out of her reach and tell her to say apple please.start out with a few words verses a complete sentence. even in those 3 hours you only make for her,she can be taught.

Rosane - posted on 06/13/2010

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my son just turned16 months and he is just starting to say words. you just have to repit your self slowly a few million times and she will cach on. lol every child learn at a diffrents speed so give he some time maybe is isn't ready yet.

Cassie - posted on 06/12/2010

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My son will be two in Aug and he was speaking all giberish too. He is now part of an early introvention program done by social services. They come to my house once a week and work on his language skills. And now that he's part of the program there are alot of other things they are helping us with. Once he was put on their program he quilifed for Medicaid even though we made to much. Medicaid now helps to pay for my sons alergy medications. We got tubes put in his ears already but if we had had medicaid at the time they would have paid for it. They are also going to pay for my son to get his eyes checked. It's crazy how close they can get a perscription for they eyes now even if the child can't speak!!
My son started babbling right after we got his tubes. They helped so much. By the time we got him tubes he wasn't even running a fever with his ear infections. I had no way of knowing he had one. When a child has an ear infections they can only hear val-sounds so it hinders their ability to learn to talk alot.
I originally took him to the colledge in town to get evaluated because our college specializes in communications dissorders, after they evaluated him they sent him to sical services. But since most other places don't have our colledge if you call social services and tell them you are worried about your daughters language development they will get you going in the right direction. Sometimes getting help just makes you feel better. Everyone told me not to worry about my son. But the help is free, and it never hurts to get your children help :O)
One more thing that has helped us alot is we do sign language with my son. He's still having a little truble with it but most kids can sign before they can speak and since she understands you teaching her signs for eat, drink, diaperchange, all done, mommy, daddy, they all help her to get her point across because if your anything like me the most frustaiting thing is trying to figure out what they want. We have a few videos that are baby signing and my son loves to watch them. We always always speak while signing and my son does as well but his words aren't really clear so the sign helps me to understand what he's trying to say. Good luck hope this helps :O)

Kyle - posted on 06/11/2010

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I'm not sure where you live, but in Ohio we have a program here for children with delays and it so happens I work in one of the counties. If children qualify, they can get therapy for free. It sounds like she would benefit from speech therapy. I also have a cousin who was the same way. She was 2 and would not say a word, she has been getting therapy and is doing better, but still has catching up to do. I would check to see if you have a program where you are that would help. In Ohio it's called the Help Me Grow program...I believe other States have different programs as well. Hope this helps.

Bridgette - posted on 06/11/2010

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She will talk when she is ready... I didn't talk when i was little.. My family talks about how they use to pay me to talk and it wasn't that I couldn't I just didn't.. Kids do things in their own time just be patient

Alison - posted on 06/10/2010

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Especially for a girl (boys are often a bit slower), talk to her physician and have her hearing checked.

Ehvah - posted on 06/10/2010

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my daughter is also a late talker.. she started to talk at the age of 4. i have consulted a lot of pediatrician and specialists about her case! everything is normal as per advice. i just added my patience. i enrolled her in a regular school, ask teachers understanding and help, i enrolled her at special reading class... for 2 years i have done that...
Now, she's at her 6.... she's talkative,there are few words hard to understand but her iMprovement is 98%. PATIENCE, SUPPORT, GUIDANCE & LOVE FOR OUR CHILD..

Jessica - posted on 06/09/2010

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Yes, she has had problems with ear infections because she has allergies, but we recieved her meds for that a few months back and she hasn't had a reoccuring issue with it.

Charlene - posted on 06/09/2010

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Have you taken her to an ear specialist. does she suffer much from ear infections?

if you haven't had her ears and hearing checked out, i sincerely suggest you do that first.

I do have a hearing program information i can give you that will point you in the right direction with regards to helping her speak, but it will be in vain if she needs hearing specialist treatment.

you can email me on info@charlene-proctor.com

Dianne - posted on 06/18/2010

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Does your daycare work with her? Have you had a Dr. check her ears to make sure she can hear ok because that could be a cause of your 15 month old not talking.

Amanda - posted on 06/16/2010

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I would talk to your doctor about your 15 month old not talking to make sure she doesn't have a developmental delay, but some kids just talk later than others. I found what helps my girls is reading to them - not just at bedtime but throughout the day. That is really where they seem to pick up words and then are able to put a picture to a word. I also have tried to have a "conversation" with my girls so they can pick up words that I say. Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 06/16/2010

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My 15 month old is not talking yet either. He did, though, just start walking a month ago so I feel like he's probably just a bit behind. Regardless, I'm still planning to make a Dr's appointment to have him evaluated. And my mom sent me this helpful link: http://aplaceofourown.org/question_detai...

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