My son is almost 3 and yet he doesnt talk. He is still baby talking, but not saying words. HELP!


Tonya - posted on 05/28/2009




my son is almost 4 and has a couple words he was diagnosed with apraxia last year.. its a speech disorder where he totally understands and all that but cant get the words out.. when he does say something and i ask him to say it again it comes out totally different like the words get lost and he cant get itout the same. he is in speech therapy and it helps so much.. i would call ur local early childhood interventionist in ur area and they can have someone come to ur house to evaluate him.. call ur pediatrician they will have a number for u to call... and sometimes boys are just slower at talking u never know!

Leanne - posted on 05/27/2009




my little girl is nearly 3 as well we had the same trouble she was sent to a speech therapist, which has really helped her, they gave her some tongue exercises to do, which is just sticking her tongue out and then to each side


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Paula - posted on 05/28/2009




I do agree that all kids learn at there own pace, but with speech there is a general rule you can understand your child by two and everybody else by age three. My son had issues speaking and after his 3rd birthday i requested a referral for a speech assesment. HIs 4th birthday is just about here, and we have been in speech therapy since. It can be a long road, but definately worth it, with school age around the corner, my son is still in speech therapy, and many most people can understand him now, but it can be difficult. I would not let it go, I would ask for a refferal. Depending on where you live things would work different, we have a free program covered in ontario, which makes things easier. If you need any help let me know, I am lucky enough to have a family member in that business to help with his therapy. i may be able to find some websited to help you.

LaCi - posted on 05/28/2009




my uncle didnt talk until he was 5. he just pointed at what he wanted. hes one of the most brilliant people i know by the way. Gavin rossdale didnt speak until he was five... and now hes a rock star. Maybe hes gifted :)

Hayley - posted on 05/28/2009




my little boy was 3 in march i compare him to his elder brother i know i shouldn't. he is slow on his speech and has an appointment with his health visitor you should try contacting them he'll be reffered to a speech therapist who'll tell me if he is behind or not. good luck

Kelly - posted on 05/28/2009




My oldest was the same way until he started preschool and was around more kids his age. Even the doctors were concerned with his lack of speech. We had him on a wait list for therapy. But with in two weeks of starting school the problem corrected itself.

Jessica - posted on 05/27/2009




My son has been in the early intervention program since he was 1.5 yrs old, He has been slow at talking and is now 2.5. He loves this program that the doctor recomended, a teacher comes to my house once a week and he goes to school one day a week. The program ends at 3, and then the town will come out and evaluate him and see if he qualify's for pre k through the town, which would be free. The stimulus package included a lot of funding for these type of programs so they are out there. Most likely your child will catch on to talking at their own pace, but these programs help to prevent them from truly falling behind before they reach kindergarten. If it is a more severe problem then it is better to start working with them now.

Kylee - posted on 05/27/2009




Check with you local school district about getting in touch with a speech therapist. In some areas you can get the help for free if they know that your child is going to start school there.

Rebecca - posted on 05/27/2009




Here is a little rule of thumb that I try to pass on (found out from a speech therapist) by 3 they should be able to walk into a room with family members (i.e. mom and dad) and be understood and by 4 he should be able to walk into a room of strangers and be understood, if not it's time to ask for some help and there is certainly no shame in that!

Hayley - posted on 05/27/2009




hi im a nursery nurse aswell as a mum, if he is still doing baby talking then he probably needs a speach therapist, if he is using gestures aswell that means hes trying but just needs some extra help, I'd talk to your GP about the problem or health visitor. Also in some good nurserys they can also help further his speech. He should be putting sentences together now, at least a couple or trying, but all children do develop in different stages. Even if it is a speech problem he should be fine at around 5/6 years. Hope this helps!!

Hayley x

Tanya - posted on 05/27/2009




Have you talked to his Dr?? You should all kids learn at their own pace but the dr might want you to see a speach therapist, It's worth it to ask why and find out and correct any problem there might be expecially now that he is still young, it pays when they are older ..

When my sister was little she baby talked a lot (she did say words but still had baby talk when she was about 4 or 5 years old) They found it was because she wasn't hearing everything, she had a lot of ear infections as a baby and as a toddler so that is why she wasn't picking up all the sounds, she went to speach thearapy and she learned the correct way to pronounce sounds (21yrs old now you'd never know she had a problem).

Make an appointmen and talk to his Dr...

Trish - posted on 05/27/2009




my son turned 3 a couple of weeks ago he was always slow with his speach but he is talking quite well now although I would say he's still sometimes hard to understand by strangers. if your son is just a little hard to understand I'd give him a few more months and see if it comes however if he is still saying nothing at all or virtually nothing and even you can't understand him then I'd talk to your doctor or health visitor he might need speach therapy. in the meantime all I can say is what you maywell have already been doing and that is encorage him ask him questions and encourage a reply a praise anything he does manage to say try to get him to ask for things with words rather than just pointing things like that but I'd deffinately talk to a proffessional by now if he's saying nothing.

Christy - posted on 05/27/2009




Don't get worried just yet. I would definitely go to your doctor and see what he/she says about it. Sometimes, its just a matter of plain laziness. My son did the same thing and then just never stopped talking. Here is what you really need to be worried about, does he understand what you are saying, when you are saying it? That is the major point, if he understands the questions you ask and what you are saying, then that is a great sign. Hope this helps a little bit.

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