I have a son that just turned 3 about 2 weeks ago but he still isnr talking im not sure what to do he says a few words but nothing big and definitly no sentences what should i do and is this semi normal??

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Diane - posted on 01/08/2009

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Contact your school system and see if he can be evaluated by their early intervention team. My county starts serving kids with speech/language and other delays at 3 and it's FREE!!!! The sooner you can get some therapy started the better.....if that's what he needs. Good luck!

Kerin - posted on 01/08/2009

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This is not normal for a child of 3 to not be talking.  Has his hearing been tested?  I'm sure you talk a lot to him and he hears others speak as well.?? 



Have you talked to his pediatrician about this?  He/she may be able to make some suggestions.  He needs to get some type of help soon.



 

Shawn - posted on 01/07/2009

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I work for Early Childhood Intervention, a program that works with kiddos who need some help developmentally until the age of 3yrs. Your school district can test your child since he is older than three and provide speech services at no charge. Insurance companies will often cover private therapy too, but you have to find out the specifics from your insurance company.In Texas, Medicaid covers these services also. If you haven't had his hearing tested yet, I would strongly recommend to do that also, I can't tell you how many kids we have worked with on their speech to find out their ears were plugged and their hearing was muffled, which definately affects language. The sooner you get him some help, the easier it is for him to catch up..especially since he is young. Your doctor should have talked to you about Early Childhood Intervention, which is a nationwide program to help kiddos just like your little guy until he's three and help you continue with services if needed when he hits his third birthday. Unfortunately, we find many doctors don't worry about it until much later, especially with boys.

Bianca - posted on 01/07/2009

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Thankyou so much everyone i have thought about taking him to get checked but wasnt sure if i was making a big deal out of nothing but ill definitly take him now thanks!!

Missi - posted on 01/07/2009

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I wish I could convince my brother and SIL to take my niece :( She is almost 3 and not saying much at all. It makes me sad to watch them do that to her!

Cassie - posted on 01/07/2009

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I am a speech pathologist and have two children 4 and 5. So far, all advice is great advice. If your child has an older sibling, they may just be a "late talker", but generally by 3 he should have greater than 40 words and can pronounce all sounds. There are some good websites that describe speech and language milestones. This is just one http://comeunity.com/disability/speech/m...

You probably should have him evaluated. I would start with his pediatrician and then ask for a referral to a speech therapist. Like one of these ladies said, the earlier you catch these issues the better. Children are resiliant and learn quickly. He'll be fine. My biggest piece of advice is... don't make a big deal out of this. Too many children turn into a disorder because of all the focus put on it. They get labeled and so they become that label. Try to make therapy fun and light. Good luck!

Trinity - posted on 01/07/2009

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My nice is 3 will be 4 in 3 days, is having the same problem. She is going to an E.N.T (ears, nose, and throat specialist). It would be in your childs best intrest to go to your doctor so he can examin and elvaluate and get you the proper help.

Leigh - posted on 01/07/2009

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Hi, I am a mom to a 11 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. Both of my kids by age 2 weren't  speaking much and by 3 , I couldnt even make out what they were saying. I took my oldest at age 3 to her pediatrician who referred us to an E.N.T(ear,nose and throat).They did an initial exam,hearing test ,which was slightly under normal and then sent her to a speech therapist for a complete evaluation.  they confimed that she was in need of speach therapy. She started immediatly 30 min , twicea week and my insurance covered all of it. She started right when she turned 4 and stayed with it for 3 years and finished at the end of 1st grade(age6) Her progress every week  was amazing! very noticable and so much help. Once she turned 5 and started kindergarten, they had a speech propram in place that allowed her togo at school twice per week. THen for some odd reason I went through the exact same thing with my son at age 3 and he started at 4 and is finishing up his 3rd and last year and has made monumental strides. I can completely say both of my kids speak perfectly well and I can completely understand everything they say! It WAS WORTH EVERY MINUTE I SPENT AT SPEECH WITH THEM!  With my oldest my feeling was instinct, I just knew something wasnt right, and by a small amount of comparision with pre-k classmates and speaking w/pre-school teacher. It won hurt to at least get him a hearing test and speech evaluation!! take care Leigh Randall



ps,,in the meantime just talk and if he says anything incorrectly, just repeat the word correctly. clear,with  slow pronunciation.

Ninouska Doval - posted on 01/07/2009

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I have a daughter who is in the same position. She's 4 1/2 now, but she has older sisters who did a lot of the "talking" for her so there was no need for her to talk.  She spoke a few words but very little complete sentences.  I figured she would just catch up.  By the time she was turning 4 and her language was still behind, I had her evaluated by the school district for special needs.  She qualified for early intervention and was placed in a special education preschool that includes children who are developing or hitting the milestones at a normal pace.  She is getting speech therapy and is doing really well.



Bottom line is your the best indicator of your child's development.  If you feel there is an issue first discuss it with your pedi dr. If your town has regular screenings for children to find out if they have special needs such as speech therapy or fine motor development issues then by all means contact the school district.  Sometimes your kids can qualify for free services such as occupational or speech therapy.  The earlier you get this done the better off you and your son will be.  Good luck!!

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