How to get my 2 year old to talk?

Alicia - posted on 12/30/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

3

8

0

He doesn't say much..My 10 month old talks more than him. I got him in speech therapy but no progress yet? Any suggestions would help?! He is very active and is hard to get to sit down to work w/ him.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

12 Comments

View replies by

Amber - posted on 01/04/2010

49

1

3

I wouldn't stress about it quite yet. Boys statistically talk later than girls and maybe he's just being shy about it. I'd just start talking to him as much as you can. When you go to the store, pick up an apple and say, "Oooh, look, I have a red apple. And here is a yellow banana." If he sees that you are taking to him, using your words, maybe he'll use his.

Another thing is don't let him be lazy about it. If he stretches his arms and reaches for you, like he wants to be picked up, then say, "Do you want to go up?" If he keeps reaching, say, "yes, I want to go up" and nod your head. Then pick him up. Show him that in order to get what he wants, words must be exchanged.

Try and read to him if you can. Even if he isn't sitting there looking at the book, he is listening regardless. He'll hear how words sound, sentences flow and might evn pick u a couple of new words in the process.

And finally, when he or his sibling talk, make a big deal out of it. Say, "Oh, you said a word! That's great! I love it when you talk!" Ad praise, kiss, and reward. That way they both know that talking is a god thing and gets lots of mommy-love. :) Mommy-love is a terrific motivator.

Jennifer - posted on 01/04/2010

6

21

0

My son said very little untill he was about 2 and a half. One day he just woke and and wouldnt stop talking. Kids lean at their own speed.

Alicia - posted on 01/01/2010

3

8

0

thanks..i do try to read to him as much as possible..and he's making a little progress..

Callinda - posted on 01/01/2010

59

35

3

Instead of trying to make him talk, just try to make time to read him lots and lots of books and talk to him as much as you can. Talk about your day, talk about what you can see out the window when you are driving, talk about what you are doing when you are cooking, etc.

At his age there is probably still not too much to worry about (maybe just get his hearing checked to be sure). Dont put too much pressure on him or he may end up shutting down even more. Just show him how much fun it can be to interact and he will eventually join in!

[deleted account]

Reading books & pointing out the pictures & naming them is how I taught my daughter. Anytime u buy a toy for your baby, try make it educational. Just basically talk through what your doing around the house, and name things. Find out what techniques would help through the speech therapist too. Goodluck!

Melissa - posted on 01/01/2010

1

0

0

Don't push it, you'll wish he couldn't talk soon enough. Mommy 800 times a day stops being cute!

Nicole - posted on 12/30/2009

421

15

23

baby sign language could help. when they are learning the signs, kids also associate the sign with the images and the spoken word. I just started baby signing with my fourteen month old- it is super cool. there are books out there for different age groups: baby, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, toddler signs, etc. it is cheap and perhaps you could integrate your ten month old into the learning too.

Beck - posted on 12/30/2009

216

5

21

At his age, unless he has a medical condition, there really isn't a need for a speech therapist, some toddlers are quite content with comunication through actions, some are just dont know that there is a corresponding word for everything we think see and do, and if your toddler is tended well to then he has even less need at this age to be vocal about it. You can help him be a little more vocal by pointing to simple objects "ball" go and get the "ball" then if your son doesnt follow the instruction, go and get the ball yourself, then hold it and say ball and make it look really fun, another is reading to your son every night before bed, point to all the words as you read, if your son isnt patient just open a book and point to pictures saying "bear" or "dog". "d" and "b" words are the easiest to pronounce so start with one syllable words begining with "d" or "b" always make it fun and exciting. Progress to asking your son to choose between two items while you hold both hold one up higher and say "dog" then the other higher and say "bear" give him the one he tries to reach for and say ahhhhh "bear" waving bye and saying bye is another, when you walk away from your son, say "byeee" waving your hand, then when you walk back say "hi" and give him a cuddle. Alot of these sugestions involve actions which makes it a little easier to teach an active child. Good luck but in the mean time enjoy the silence cause once he starts it wont last long hehe..

Terri-lynn - posted on 12/30/2009

24

89

4

boys sometimes take longer than girls to talk.. my daughter talks alot but she also has lots to say.. he just may not have anything to say.. he will talk when hes ready.. if your really concerned.. maybe get his ears checked.. i know a few ppl whose kids hearing was the issue they got tubes and they started talkin no problem it could just be his hearing and everything sounds like under water to him..

Nathaly - posted on 12/30/2009

16

19

2

My son was very slow also, I put him in speech therapy at 1yr and 10 months. After he turned 2-2 1/2 he began talking on his own. Its frusterating as a parent, but when time is right he will be talking on his own...my son use to scream and yell because he would get frusterated when the words didnt come out when he wanted to express himself. If he turns out like mine is now; he wont ever shut up!! I also have a 1 year old daughter and she began talking at 1. Now my baby who is almost 11 months old is starting to talk. I mean I think it all just depends on the kid. Dont stress it!!

[deleted account]

When he points to something, make him say the name of the object before you give it to him. When its time to eat, ask what he wants. Don't guess for him. Make him tell you. If someting was wrong with him, I'm sure your pediatrician or speech therapist would let you know. Just keep at it and be persistant.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms