16 month old that doesn't say anything

Carina - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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i have a 16 month old son and he doesn't really say anything at all, so all he does is scream and whine to get what he wants. he is so loud. when will he start talking?

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Carina - posted on 06/26/2009

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well he finally started saying a few more words he can now say jump and bubbles. i thought the day would never come when more words would be coming out of his mouth

Carina - posted on 06/05/2009

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well at least i'm not the only one. i guessi have to deal with his screaming and whining to get what he wants for just a little longer. well i am going to be taking away the sucky on sunday(only used for sleeping though) so maybe he will speak up a little after that.

MALIYAN - posted on 05/25/2009

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most boys take longer to talk.my son is about to be 2 and just started talking so that we can understand

Samantha - posted on 05/25/2009

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my daughter is almost 16 months and she doesn't say a lot either. she goes through spurts where she will babble a lot and then she may go for a couple of days where she doesn't say anything. I asked my mother in law and she said that it's not too uncommon, my husband did almost the same thing when he was this age. If you are really worried, i'd talk to the pediatrician next time you take him. Otherwise, i would just keep trying to get him to say simple words.

Jenny - posted on 05/24/2009

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My son is 19th months old and he doesn't talk yet either he says mom, and dad and no but he understands everything I know how you feel with the iiiii iiiiiii eeeehhh and screaming I just want him to talk but just like everything else they accomplished soo far they will do in their own time. My pediatrician said that boys are usually slower at talking than girls.

Christina - posted on 05/24/2009

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i have a 3 year old daughter and she also has a speech delay. She is at a 12 month old level. Its very diffcult cause she whines alot. I have her going to a specail school two times a week for it. Look into it at your community. They have it here in san diego. Its free and it helps. she is deffenlty starting to talk alot more

Rosie - posted on 05/23/2009

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My son who is 3 yrs old was just evaluated and was found to have a speech delay. He speaks with to the equivalence of an 18 mos. old. He says 2-3 word sentence (maybe) and whines, strangers understand about 25% of what he says. I always was concerned about my son's speech. BUT EVERYONE would tell me, its okay, don't worry, they'll start talking all by themselves just make sure you conversate with them. Well, I did those things. What I'm trying to tell you Carina, is that if you have a concern now, just tell the pediatrician that you are concerned and you want to be referred to a speech pathologist. At least this way, if he is normal you've checked it out! I wish I had done something sooner.

Amanda - posted on 05/23/2009

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Some children just like to sit back and take it all in but if u are worried go see ur GP, late talking can be a sign of lots of things, some big, some small, some nothing!

Holly - posted on 05/23/2009

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well my son is 201/2 months and when i would go to the dr for hid check ups ,he would say is he talking i say no ,nope not at all ,well wehn he looked in is ears his ears were filled with fluid ,he got us in to a ears nose and throat dr ,he said that they were so full thats why ,he needs tubes ,so the verry next week we had tubes put in and he is talking mamam,,daddad.nanan,babb,bang bang ..brakes my heart i didnt know tho ..have his ears checked out ....he can hear so much more cleer ..it was told to me when there ears are like that it sounds muffled or like when you runder water and some is talking to you !!!!

Shannon - posted on 05/23/2009

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I have found with my son, now 26 months, that he seemed to take advantage of the fact that his older sister wanted to let me know everything he wanted, and yes he would just have fit if what his big sister said was not correct right up until he was about 20-21 months! Then he slowly began saying things when copying his sister, within the last 6 months he has gone from grunting and fits to counting knowing his alphabet.I am officially a firm believer that every child will develop in their own time no matter what. I am sure your little man will come around, as long as he is being spoken too and he is allowed to learn how to express himself his own way he'll be talking before you know it!

good luck!

Trish - posted on 05/23/2009

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don't worry my son was the same, at 2 he could say about 5 - 15 recogniseable words whereas my daughter was useing short sentences soon after her 2nd birthday. but the language will come. I don't think my son said anything till about 18mths he was just a bit slow and was talking at 2 the same as most are at 18mths. he has now just turned 3 and in the past year his talking has come on massively he is now talking well although not always pronounced great and I'd say he is still behind a lot of kids his age with his talking it is 100 times better than it was even 6 months ago. so give your son time. also is he a second child? because I also found then when my son was younger he didn't have to talk as when I asked him a question my daughter always answered for him.

Katrina - posted on 05/23/2009

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all children talk in their time. my nephew is 5 and hardly talks but he has been diagnosed autisic. try some flash cards. pictures of his favourite toys or foods and tell him what it is and see if he repeats it. if he whines that he wants something try and get him to say the word before giving to him. when he does say something give lots of praise. remember he is still just becoming a toddler. my son was a couple of months behind chn his age but he was also born early.

Jessica - posted on 05/22/2009

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Talking is something a child has to be taught.

You can encourage your child to talk by asking him to repeat words that you say. If he wants a bottle show him the bottle say to him can you say bottle, if he winges say bottle again and see if he repeats you. If not then say bottle again as you give it too him. If you do this with everything he will eventually learn to use words rather than cries to get things he wants and needs.

Just encourage him to use words as best you can, eventually he will
If you are really worried you could ask your plunket nurse or doctor about it, it may have something to do with hearing. If a child can't hear well they will take longer to learn to speak. My son took a while to speak due to a mild hearing problem.

All the best.

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My 2 yr old still doesn't talk, aside from the usual "mommy, daddy" etc. He knows the signs for "more, please" and will use them when prompted, and we are trying to at least get him to nod his head "yes", as he always says "no" even when he doesn't mean it. We still have a lot of whining and screaming. I try to get him to show me what he wants, and oftentimes he will take my hand and lead me to the fridge for more juice, or point to his diaper when he needs changed, that sort of thing. It will take time still for him to talk, but work on signing a bit or getting him to show you what he needs, to help with the noise.

Rebecca - posted on 05/22/2009

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Play audio books when your children are sleepng or calm/down time .

Try headphones with your older child. Be patient and calm!!!!!

Try simple words like car, eat, please, no,ext. ADD motion/sound with the word. for your little guy. example. Car- make the stearing wheel motion and say broom, broom; please- claps hands together and say please. If it's a phase it will pass, if you get yourself tense and loud (I have found and struggling to correct myself), the children will continue this as a common way of communicating with you. Achknowledge when they are doing good things.. Know your discouragement... Good Luck R. Sidebottom

Andrea - posted on 05/22/2009

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It is normal for a child not to say a lot. My daughter babbled for the longest time then all of a sudden when she thought we were not paying attention she used a few words. Then I just worked with her every day and used flash cards and read books. She seemed to not pay attention but when she started saying the names of the pictures I was so surprised by all she knew. Now around strangers or a lot of people she acts like she can not talk but at home she doesn't stop! You should try the book thing and see if any progress is made.

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