Why won't my son talk?

Crystal - posted on 05/01/2015 ( 2 moms have responded )




My son is 17 months old and an only child. Intellectually, he's very smart. He knows and understands what you're saying to him. He follows commands and picks up on things extremely quick. He's definitely a sponge right now in that he only needs to see you do something once and he's imitating you.

HOWEVER, he won't talk. He says mom,dad, hi, hello, hey, and he likes the "ch" and "sh" sounds (i.e. we'll say lunch and he says chhhhhhh).

I read to him everyday and my husband and I are both constantly doing word association when we hand him things (chip, juice, cup, etc.). We don't baby talk to him, we have everyday converstations with him. He's not in daycare - my husband works from home and so it's just the two of them all day.

At his 15 month checkup, the doctor said that we're enabling him and that's why he isn't talking. I get it, and it's true - but after 20 minutes of repeating the word "chip" I'm tired of saying it and I give him the stupid chip. lol

Does anyone have any advice? What else can we do?


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Hannah - posted on 09/13/2015




Hi I see this is a few months old but my daughter will be 21 months old on the 26th of this month and I asked her pediatrician when she start talking and her doctor said that it's normal for this age not to talk its its more so they will speak when they're ready but she does say the same words mama daddy the dog's name in general stuff like that I wouldn't worry too much about it though. Also heard from a few friends it's possibly because my child is not around other children that's why she isn't picking up her speaking as quickly

Shannon - posted on 07/02/2015




I don't think you're enabling him just because you don't "make" him say things. From what I've read just because a toddler says something once doesn't mean they are ABLE to say it again, at least not right then. My son is 19 mo. tomorrow and he's the same way. There are a handful of words he's spoken once or twice but won't say them again. He says mama, dada, hi, hey, and uh-oh quite a bit but then there are about 10 words that he's said once but hasn't repeated. I think it's normal. My son just had his 18 mo checkup a couple weeks back and the Dr. said he was totally normal. I do wish my son would talk as well but all we can do is work with them. The fact that you say chip over and over again and do word association is probably all your son needs---one of these days soon he'll start saying chip out of the blue! I just try to remember that my kid has only been on this earth/alive for 19 short months and it takes time for him to learn all these things he's learning! Good luck!

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