Worried About My 2-Year-Old's Speech

Rachelle - posted on 11/03/2013 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I have been worried about my son's speech delay for a long time now. I always knew he was smart. He said his first few words at a very very young infant age and then it just stopped. He never really progressed. He can say several words if he is repeating them but will never do it on his own. He can go days without trying to talk and just whines when he wants something. We use alphabet letters in the tub and a few days ago he starts handing me the letters and one by one says every single letter correct! I almost passed out. Haha. He can sing most of daddies favorite songs .. He is obsessed with music but the words are never articulated. If a grandparents calls and we give him the phone he will babble on and on until you stop him but nothing is really understandable except for Hi and ok bye. Should I seek help for his speech? He turned 2 at the end of July.

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Shenea - posted on 11/10/2013

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I totally agree you should have him evlauated if for nothing more than peace of mind. My son had the same problem and I had him evaluated he qualified for speech and was in it for about 5yrs now he is 8 and wont stop talking : )

Irum - posted on 11/06/2013

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Do not worry about his speech many toddlers have this issue and the reasons could be;

Hard training process
Not watching baby shows
Parents do not talk much
Shy to talk if he is around multiple languages
Not being properly socialized with other kids

I would suggest that do not respond him untill he calls u or let u understand that what he needs, if he whines then ignore him so that he understands that he has to talk to his mom when he needs something its bit tough but it works, and talk to him all day....good luck

Gisele - posted on 11/24/2013

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Hi there- I have been an early intervention therapist for over 25 years now and I highly recommend having your son evaluated by EI services in your community. As his mom, you are the real expert on your son and it seems clear that you have some valid concerns. It's terrific that he is bright and can identify letters and sing songs. But if he doesn't use language to communicate, then he may be demonstrating signs of delay. I say MAY because language acquisition is highly variable at this point. If your child demonstrates strong receptive (understanding) skills but weak expressive (speaking) skills, it may just take him a bit more time. However, if both skills are involved, he may be exhibiting signs of a more serious delay. Some questions to consider: 1) does he understand you? Follow simple directions? Point out pictures you label in a favorite book? If so, his delays may be only expressively based. Either way, a complete assessment can help you understand what your child needs in terms of help. And if he does require speech services, Early Intervention will provide your son with free and appropriate therapy until age 3 (& they will assist you in obtaining continued services after his 3rd birthday). Even if he doesn't demonstrate a serious enough delay to require Early Intervention services, your insurance will often cover it..... Also, just my professional opinion--although withholding desirable items can give your child the motivation to speak, it can be a bit harsh and cause a lot of frustration for both of you. Think about keeping language fun. For example, you might want to start with requesting simple prefered items. Hold up, perhaps, his cup (while sitting at his level). Ask him what he wants. Have him/help him to point say 'oh, you want, JUICE!' Help him to imitate. If he does, or even TRIES to, give him his juice & throw him a praise party!!! As he is becomes more proficient, stop modeling the word for him or just model the first letter (in this case j__) If he doesn't imitate, wait a moment & gently praise him for pointing to it. Keep trying & keep smiling!! 2 year olds are learning machines!! Also consider playing simple games in which you and he fill in words or sounds to favorite songs as he sits on your lap. Center these activities around things he loves (cars? characters? dancing?) Your job is to help him WANT to speak, so make it fun for both of you! Hope this helps!

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Chantal - posted on 11/28/2013

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I have a 2 year old too and I was worried with a similar thing. He did however have chronic ear infections and we took him to an Audiologist and there was a little bit of fluid in his ears that was delaying the sounds to his ear / brain. So I managed his colds, ear infections like mad and it has since cleared up. BUT in the mean time I read him LOTS of stories and you'll be surprised. They take everything in. SO 1. Don't be too hard on yourself of your bubs speech development 2. Read to him heaps 3. When he babbles and you're not sure of what he is saying, go through a list of words and train him to nod yes or no if the word you are saying is correct. 4. He could just be a shy kid who doesn't like to talk much :) 5. you could also teach him a bit of baby sign language. Might help with communication :)

Raina - posted on 11/26/2013

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My son at 2 yrs was the same way. He is 7 now. He was diagnosed with developmental delay and autism at 3. I am not saying your child has this. Just be open minded with it. As a mom, you know your child more than anybody. Follow your heart and do what you think needs to be done. My son however is very smart and is oh so good at math. Very observant too. I'm proud of who he is and what he's become. Early intervention with school and learning is vital! Only you know what meeds to be done. Follow your instinct :) Also I'd like to add that I had him placed in school with speech therapy with special needs for pre school, early. It has worked wonders. My son reads, writes and can tell me everything that goes on in school versus when he first started he could not tell me nothing..especially when I found bite marks on his arm when he was 3. But now he just talks and talks. And as far as the babbling, its called jargon. Which he did a lot of jargon when he was 2-3 yrs old. You are on the right path to help your son.

Yenelva - posted on 11/18/2013

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I think your son is right on track. If he was almost 4 and still was not talking then there is a problem, but he sounds very smart, he sounds like he is trying to talk. Talk back to him, describe everything to him, keep encouraging him singing and you'll notice his pronountiation improve in notime. Good luck!

Stacey - posted on 11/14/2013

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My 1 1/2 year just got evaluated for her lack of speech. They suggested speech therapy. People have been twlling me that since she has a older sistee she doeant meed to talk and she will talk when she is ready. But I am going to go througb with the speech therapy because I don't want her tk fall behind because of it
It won't hurt to have him evaluated if any thi g it will give u a lil relief.

Andrea - posted on 11/14/2013

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Have him checked out if you are really worried but it sounds like maybe he just doesn't feel the need to talk when he communicates. If you are responding to his whining when he wants something then why should he expend more effort than that if he doesn't have to?

I had an uncle who didn't walk until he was 4-5years old. His mom was super worried about him and took him to doctors. Finally, one of the doctors told her to put him down and leave the room and they put some toys over by an opposite wall. Once she was out of sight, he looked around for a bit and then got right up to go play. Turns out he had just suckered her into carrying him around all the time!

Aimee - posted on 11/10/2013

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My son had cronic ear infections. He always had fluid in his ears. He had his first set of ear tubes at a year old, then his second set at 2. When he had his second set they also took out his tonsils and adnoids. He started speech therapy at 2 at the house(it was free) and then in a school until 3 1/2. OMG!! He exploded!! He has not shut his mouth since and he just turned 8. He actually started kindergarten when he was 4. He hasn't had any trouble yet and he's in the 3rd grade in a great charter school. So if he doesn't have any health problems I would definitly find some kind of speech program to get him in after speaking with his doctor first. Don't sit and wait!!

Jane - posted on 11/10/2013

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Hi. The same is happening with me with my son. He was 2 in August. Says a hand full of words but not anymore for a long time now. What have you tried if u don't mind me asking ?

Ashley - posted on 11/09/2013

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If your worried I'm pretty sure first steps is available in every state they will come out and do an eval for free all you have to do is call you don't have to have a physician referral or anything! If he needs help they can help and if he doesn't you have peace of mind :)

Michelle - posted on 11/09/2013

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It is normal for a 2 year old to have trouble articulating, however, speech therapy does not hurt. Also check with your areas early intervention program...they may offer it for free until he is 3 years old...NJ does.

Tracy - posted on 11/08/2013

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Go to library check out age appropriate books check out 2 of the same book read and look at pictures have the child say the word with you. Some children develop in their on time. Talk to pediatrition on next visit. The child will be fine :)

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