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Dianne - posted on 02/13/2011 ( 28 moms have responded )

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hi my daughter is 15 months and she still hasnt said a word not mum not nothing at all im getting worried as from what i am told by now she should have said something. She is walking (yay i thought she was never going to walk) and is a very happy little girl she babbles lots but nothing that makes any sense

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Corrie - posted on 02/19/2011

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Dopn't go self diagnosing your kids with Autism and ADD and all sorts of other labels, children learn at their own pace and develop different aspects of their learning at different rates. The capacity to understand hundreds of words is there from the offset, forming them however can be difficult for adults. Could you learn a completly new language in 15 months without an intensive study guide? Just from listening to words and associating them?
By 18 months some children can quote favourite books while others just babble and point, providing they have a healthy lifestyle and you give them oppertunities and encouragement, they'll get there in their own time.
My son is 16 months. He just started to say hiya 24/7. It's especially prominant when someone enters a room, so he knows what he is saying, but that doesn't stop him babbling it all the time anyway. That's his way of showing he is proud of this big accomplishment, forming a recognisible word that gets him praise. He also says Bath, Cup, Hat, Mam and Dad when prompted, but still pretty much just throws things for attention or screams. I'm not concerned and neither should you be.
All the best.

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Jazzmin - posted on 04/17/2011

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We have never did baby talk with our son..we always talked to him as if he was old enough to have a real conversation..he has atleast 30 words in his vocabulary..we sit with him and make him say plz if he wants something..and if he doesn't then he wont get it.

Sarah - posted on 04/08/2011

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As a speech therapist, I would say that if you have any concerns, talk to your child's doctor. All children are different, but you know your child best. Early intervention is a great program that can begin working with children who have speech delays at an early age. Also, universities that offer speech-language pathology usually have community clinics that might offer speech services at a discounted rate. If there is a problem, the earlier your child can get started with speech therapy, the better!

Krista - posted on 03/23/2011

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My daughter whos 17 months old say many words and talks in sentences, she says i love you, thank you, please, nun nuns (food), mama, dada, nana for grandma, pepaw, memaw, thats grandma and grandpa down south, she likes the word no (unfortunatly lol), she says kenzie(her cousin) and she even babbles on and says things that make no sense! but her cousin kenzie (2 months younger then her) does really talk much either. she can say some things but not clearly at all! if your daughter is reaching out to you, and responding to your voice, and u know she hears you and she babbles that could be fine. all babies are different in development. some are slower than others! and theres nothing at all wrong with that! The babbling that shes doing is just baby talk! she can understand it. and eventually she will start picking up on real words and phrases. tell her easy words like mama or dada and tell her the word everyday and ask her to say them. she will eventually. if she still hasnt said anything by the time shes 2 i would get her checked out to see whats going on with development! i hope i could help!

Alysha - posted on 03/09/2011

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have you tried colour que cards? try point and saying the word and then if that item is in your house point to it so she knows what it is like her toes. my son is 17 months and says a few words but just repeat it over and over to her and shell get it. does she look at you when you say her name cuz if she can you know she can hear you and you shouldnt be worried babies take there time when shes ready shell talk.... or have you used signs with her cuz sometimes babies use there hands and they think the dont have to talk cuz they sign

Jade - posted on 03/09/2011

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my son is 17 months old and he only says mom dad what no yeah yay and wee but he is tongue tied so it might be different

Laura - posted on 02/27/2011

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Hi Dianne, my son doesn't say much either and I know it can make you feel as if something is wrong. He says a few words mumma dadda sit and ball...so as a precaution I had him evaluated through Early Intervention and they told me his speech is delayed so they are going to start speech therapy with him, I hope you find a solution for your little girl.

Tracy - posted on 02/26/2011

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Maybe you should change doctors? Just a thought.... But then again I wasn't worried about my sons progress until she said speech therapy.... Lots of people will tell you they will do it all in their own time :) Which I agree but it doesnt hurt to get a second opinion about it :)

Dianne - posted on 02/26/2011

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wow my daughter is now 16 months and dosnt do any of that and my doctor wont refer me to anything

Tracy - posted on 02/26/2011

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Hi Dianne, I am in Sydney andmy 16 month only says mum and a little babbling - however my Paediatrician has referred me to get speech therapy??? Which I think is ridiculous - I am a single mum who works from home 5 days a week. He has just started daycare 1 day per week so I am hoping being with other kids will get him going (even though I know when he is ready he will)
He understands and points and takes me to things and is walking (all only within the last month) I am going to get a hearing test done as well, but I also advised my Paediatrician that I could not afford the speech therapy and she referred me to a free clinic - you should also ask. Good luck hope all works out for you and your darling daughter

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I agree with the other comment about having the doctor check this out. I'm a bit surprised that the regular pediatrician hasn't been concerned, but I would get a recommendation to take her to a specialist. My friend is 80% hard of hearing, but it wasn't noticed until his 2 year check up. There might be something similar that is delaying speech for your daughter. I hope it will be an easy diagnosis & fix though.

Sonya - posted on 02/21/2011

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Dont worry to much i have 10 children and they have all spoken at different times, from really clear at the age of 14 months to another not being able to talk until the age of 4. She was however found to have SLI (speech language impairment) who with alot of speech therapy and attending a special needs school for 2 and a half days a week and then attending her normal school the other 2 and half days and the two working together made a remarkable difference. She is now 8 and still has some speech issues but overall is doing great. Speak to your paedatrician and they will see if she may be in need of seeing a speech pathologist. The fact that she makes eye contact with you is a very positive sign. I know how worrying it is, i have a 16 month old FTT baby and i know that as much as we shouldnt compare somehow us mums always seem to. Take care

Kathryn - posted on 02/21/2011

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my son is 15 month ans hes only just started saying mammy about 3 weeks ago so i woudlnt worry to much each in there own time

Dianne - posted on 02/19/2011

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i am just a worrier my daughter has brought me such joy that i cant imagine anything being wrong with her i was also bashed while i was pregnant with her, her father didnt want me to have her and sent a friend of his to my home to make me lose the baby but we fought through it and where both still here i always think something happened to her when the assult happened i was conviced i was going to lost her when i was pregnant and the fact she is here and so beautiful has made me extremly happy im still terrified somethint is wrong. If you could reaserch some things that would be really great it might calm my fears to here a professional say she is perfectly healthy and normal as i really really think she isnt

Michele - posted on 02/19/2011

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I agree do not diagnose. But be open minded. If she responds but doesn't iniated there is also deafness. Over seas is amazing for early intervention and Here in California we are years behind your medical knowledge. Definitely set up an appointment with your GP or better yet a A pediatric Doctor. In the meantime no matter was is the issue communication is important. Look up Sign language web sites and sign to her as well as give her concrtete examples of bottle. Nap 2 hands by ear. what ever she is dealing with this is the way to start overcoming it and bypassing that area but still communicating!! It also gives you the feeling you are interacting and when it is done HUGS and kisses for all!! Let me know if you would like me to research any help their. It is my specialty!

Shanika - posted on 02/19/2011

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well all babies are not the same my daughter doesn't call me mom she calls me aunty because she go to day care but she says dad n other small words and is all ways babbling ( sounds so cute lol ) . all kids are not the same some do certain things faster than some so dont worry your baby is fine just give her time.

Alicia - posted on 02/18/2011

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I just spoke to my pediatrician about my 16 month old and she said he might be slightly delayed but if nothing by 2 then it could be a concern. She also told me to look online for some booklets or ideas on how to get her to express herself a little. She have me some pamphlets but I haven't got to the time to read them quite yet. :(

Dianne - posted on 02/16/2011

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Oh cool was a bit worried people tell me she is very smart that children that r slow to talk r very cleaver I wour believe that if she at least pointed at things she wanted

Tracy - posted on 02/16/2011

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You are right that is perfectly normal!! If she didn't do it, that could be a sign of potential problems. Only mentioned it because the previous post mentioned autism.



I just edited my post to make it more clear. Sorry about that!!! I wrote it in a rush.

Dianne - posted on 02/16/2011

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yes she does make eye contact smile when i smile at her and put her arms out to be picked up i thought that was normal

Nerina - posted on 02/16/2011

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My son is 16 months old and also does not talk but I'm not that concerned because his older brother (4) has just recently started to talk (not that great yet) but he is going for speech therapy and the therapist said that she is not concerned about any neurological problems (I was concerned about that) We also did an ear test on the older son because that could also be a problem that they don't hear you but in his case his ears were fine.

Tracy - posted on 02/14/2011

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Does she make eye contact? Does smile when you smile at her or put her arms out to be picked up? If not these are early signs of autistic spectrum disorders: The five forms of ASD are: autism, Asperger syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), sometimes called atypical autism, Rett syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder.



Don't worry many children with a ADS disorders can live normal lives and although lacking ion social skills, are especially gifted in other areas.

Catherine - posted on 02/14/2011

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I would definitely talk to the nurse the next time you see her. In the States, there's a big movement towards the early detection/treatment of autism, which is where a lot of the government-funded programs come from. I'm not sure how that works in Australia, but hopefully there are services available to you. Definitely follow your gut on this one; I definitely believe this is a time when mothers know more than doctors.

Dianne - posted on 02/14/2011

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thanks i have had a feeling since the day she was born that she just wasnt like other babies and something was wrong my doctor always tells me she is fine and im over reacting but in know in my heart that something isnt right and i cant shake the feeling it just gets worse to the point i blame myself all the time and wonder where did i go wrong did i do something bad when i was pregnant she is an amazing kid i love her more than anything in this entire world im a single mum and i live in Australia i work 3 days a week and go to uni once a week to give her the best life i can give her ill be seeing my maternal and child health nurse very soon and ill ask her about what can be done as she said if she isnt communicating by the time we see her next then she will give us numbers of people that can help

Catherine - posted on 02/14/2011

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What you're describing is what the doctor told me was more concerning, so it definitely sounds like something you want to get checked out. I'm not sure where you are, but where I live (upstate New York), there's a county-based program called early intervention. I gave them a call, and they sent out a social worker who set everything up for an evaluation. If my son qualified (he was delayed enough), then she would set up services. I'm not sure if you have this where you are, but it's worth checking. You can get the evaluation yourself, but if you have a program like this, then the county/town/state/whoever picks up some/most of the bill. Your pediatrician can also make the referral, so it may be worth giving him/her a call because they will know who to get in touch with you get you some help. I hope everything works out for you.

Dianne - posted on 02/14/2011

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my daughter dosnt understand what im saying she doesnt point at things or take me to things she wants she dosnt understand anything and that worries me more than the not talking

Catherine - posted on 02/13/2011

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We are in the same position with our son, and we were getting really worried about it. We were referred to Early Intervention and saw a Developmental Pediatrician, and he told us everything was fine. He said the key is whether or not they seem to understand what you are saying to them (receptive language) and if they try to communicate in some way (my son drags us to things that he wants). He said that if they have good receptive language and communicate, then in most cases they'll talk just fine; however, if that is not true of your daughter, then that may be cause for concern. He also told us that if his speech hasn't progressed at all by the time he is two then we should be concerned as that's when they can really start diagnosing speech delays. I hope this helps. I'm sure everything will be fine!

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