Am I overreacting or should I just chill out?

Patrice - posted on 09/10/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter turned two this past April. She is very active; but she doesn't talk like other children do who are a couple of months older than herself. She can say things like "what are you doing, Where are you going, Mommie, daddy, shoes, feet, nose,...." things like that. When ever she wants something, she points to it or pulls you by the hand and whines for you to follow her. I thought that is was normal..but my mother claims that she should be saying atleast 50 words by this age. I allowed a speech therapist to give her a screening yesterday at a daycare which she just started going to. Keep in mind, she hasn't completely adjusted to the daycare and the people therein; so, I warned the therapist that she might not cooperate with what she was trying to do. The therapist told me that she believes my daughter needed more observation and that she has a problem feeding and swallowing because she didnt know to use her teeth to chew a cheeto that she gave her. That upset me to no end. My daughter eats hard foods like chicken and cookies all the time and she weighs 38 pounds; so I am quite sure that she has no problem feeding and swallowing. The lady also claimed that my daughter said no audible words at all and that she simply babbled the whole time. I know that is not true because she can say some words and phrases just not as many as other children do. That was the reason I placed her in the daycare in the first place...she has only been there for two weeks. So I don't know whether the daycare is helping or not. But do you think that I should just wait to see whether the daycare things helps or should I go along with what the therapist said eventhough I know most of what she said is not true?

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Koety - posted on 09/10/2009

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Well my daughter is going to be 2 in a week and I cant count the number of words that she can say but she also babbles A LOT! If you honestly think there is something wrong than you are going about things the right way. The speech therapist should know that no normal 2 yr old is going to be comfortable talking right away to a stranger unless theyre just very outgoing. Just do what you feel is right. Thats all we can do.

Kelly - posted on 09/10/2009

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I wouldn't worry hun... my eldest daughter is 3 and a half... up until she started nursery 6 months ago she was sayin hardly any words at all and in the last couple of weeks she has started chattering away none stop.... she never shuts up now!! As for the eating thing, you would be able to tell yourself if she was having problems eating... if you think she is eating fine don't worry... all children develop at different speeds x x

Tarryne - posted on 09/10/2009

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not to worry. she still has time to expand. her vocabulary will increase as she gets older. once she is comfortable with the new daycare she will pick up on a lot. my daughter is 3.she can speak very well, and she still whines and points when she wants something. that burns me the hell up too. but, she will be fine. i think you are doing the right thing by letting her see the therapist if you think she is not developing. But it pays for kids to be around other kids all the time. my reason being is because my niece is 5.due her not going to daycare. she has not learned to express herself or talk very well. she sometimes acts like my three yr old. but, it is what it is when mom and dad cannot afford daycare and no one is homeschooling the child. But, i still say keep the faith. she will catch on. :)

Danielle - posted on 09/10/2009

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My 4 year old daughter had that same problem and I thought that she would never talk. but we finally figured out that she needed tubes in her ears. After just a couple months she was talking all the time and now never shuts up!

Melissa - posted on 09/10/2009

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Hello :) I live on both sides of your issue...lol :) I work in a daycare/preschool with 1 1/2-2 1/2 year olds ( been there for a year now) and my 9 year old daughter has been in speech therapy since she was 3. Diagnosed with Speech Apraxia. She too only spoke 10-15 words max til she was 3! She is fine now... and usually won't shut up!! Some children don't speak til they are ready!... In my classroom there are a few children that "babble" only but they are intelligent! We teach sign language for this reason...so they can communicate with me without words.... one child had his one language... I ran into him at the pool recently (3 now) and he still speaks in "IAN-ONICS" (made up)he babbles constantly and then laughs.... it makes sense to him!!! but he too is smart and can sign! I'm not sure as a mother that I would trust a speech observer's(in a daycare) opinon on my childs chewing ability... doesn't seem like that would be their expertise. Ask your doctor! My daughter's ped. reffered me to a program through Children's Hospital for speech .... if it's really an issue your Ped. can help. Oh and I would consider finding a new daycare!!! PERSONAL OPINION.... since I have that age group in my classroom and have quite a few that don't speak many words either. - GOOD LUCK :)

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