speech

LaSharika - posted on 07/02/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Our son turned 2 in april @ his check up his Ped. said he should have a 50 word vocabulary and maybe he needs speech. I don't want to pressure him with speech just yet or even @ all moms i need advice I Love my baby and want what's best for him but @ the same time we all develope@ different speeds.Help

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Kaia - posted on 07/05/2009

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Hi. My little boy was referred to speech at 18months because he only said a few words instead of 20. He's 26months now and we've seen a speech path (which are free here in Australia which is great) 4 times and is talking a lot more though i think its more to do with the fact that he wasn't ready before and didn't feel the need to. He has great body language and made up his own sign language too. Both of which i understand really well. Callum still doesn't copy things we say like most kids and wont try a word if he thinks he can't say it even though we told him it doesn't matter, its good to try. We get around this by listening to him 'babble' and if he says a word that remotely sounds like a real word i'll say something like "WOW!!! you just said butter(eg)!!! Fantastic talking" and he'll normally repeat it then i bring that word into conversations we have over the next few days and then he'll say it all the time and be really proud of himself too. also play lots of word games and get down on his level when u talk so he can see how your mouth moves when you say certain words.I dont really think speech has done anything but it was free like i said. you know your son better than anybody so if your not too concerned and as long as he is communicating in some way(hand gestures, smiling, pointing, grunting etc with a few words chucked in) then he'll probably talk when he's ready. Boys can be slower to talk than girls anyway, they tend to be more physical and maybehe's focusing on learning other skills right now- like climbing! lol. The reason kids get referred to speech so early these days is so things like autism can be diagnosed earlier but the downside is that a lot of parents get worried uneccesarily. if he's developing normally in every other way then chill i reckon coz that's what i'm doing!!! :-) Hope that helps xo

Karen - posted on 07/04/2009

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my daughter was 2 in april and only has a vocabulary of 6 words i just think one day she just speech and the same here the ped said she should have a 50 word vocab

Jamie - posted on 07/03/2009

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my daughter is in the same boat.. shes trying really hard and she "babbles" alot of words but the pronounciation isnt there.. im waiting on a speech therapy appt... i dont want to pressure her either but her lack of words hurts her communication with us and she gets frusterated.. i think it will be good for her. it never hurts to try!

Cecile - posted on 07/03/2009

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My daughter was reffered to a speech therapist around the age of 2. She had a limited vocabulary 5-10 words. She began speech sessions (twice weekly) in late April. She's had 19 visits so far. She has over 400 words and speaks in 2 and 3 word sentences. Sometimes 4 word sentences. It is amazing. I'm not really sure if it was speech therapy that got her speaking or if she just wasn't ready yet. In my heart I believe she was just taking her time. But the speech therapy certainly didn't hurt matters. I've heard from many moms that their kids didn't start to speak until after the age of 2. Keep in mind that many insurances don't cover speech therapy for a language delay. Expect to pay about $80 for each session. My daughter loves going to see her therapist. She really looks forward to it. Many states have Early Intervention Services and cover speech therapy for FREE if there is a significant delay.

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