My daughter is 2, and is barely talking.

Stacey - posted on 01/10/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2, and is barley talking. She says a few words, I have tried flash card and I read alot to her. I was wondering if this was normal or if I should be concerned and take her to a speech pathologist? What is the vocabulary like of your two year olds?

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Kaihani - posted on 08/23/2017

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My daughter didn't talk as well because she was still on bottle right when she turned 3 she stopped drinking bottle & now that she's attending school she's pointing out to things she wants trying to talk to me but I still want to let her talk frequently.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/23/2014

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My daughter is almost 2 and doesn't talk much either she says a few words but that's it and she loves being read to

Amy - posted on 03/05/2010

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hi my little girl was not talking all that much at age 2 so i had early inervention come in they did not give speech right away they said her brain and breathing where not working together and so they gave her a teacher she has now gone from not saying more then 10 worda to alot and she is now putting 2to 4 words together but sh still cuts alot of her words off she she is going to start getting speech soon it is free so it does not hurt for you to call and get her evaluated hope this helps

Becky - posted on 03/04/2010

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My son was diagnosed hard of hearing in both ears so I would check that. Also he was just recently diagnosed with Autism and that does cause speech delay so I would check into that and they will refer you to a good speech pathologist and other therapies she might also need that you or your regular doctor are not noticing.

Melissa - posted on 02/28/2010

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Hi Stacey-

I think you should speak to your pediatrician first. They should be able to refer you to someone. My daughter is 2 and doesn't really talk. She says only a couple of words and sounds that are hard to understand. At 18 months, we contacted Early Intervention, and we had her evaluated. At that time my daughter was completely non verbal. She was evaluated by a Special Ed teacher, Speech therapist, Physical therapist and a Psychologist. She was diagnosed as PDD-NOS on the Autism Spectrum. To make a long story short she gets Speech therapy, Physical therapy, and ABA therapy. These are free services. If your daughter qualifies you should definitely get the help. I live in Nassau County, on Long Island. Every place is different and you should find out what is available in your area. A lot of kids don't talk at 2 and it is completely normal. But if help is available, take it!

Ruth - posted on 02/25/2010

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My two year old has speech once a week through early intervention and it has helped. It is going slow. My son does have aproxia. But it can be he'll talk in his own time as well. But I recommend doing speech. It can't hurt.

Catherine - posted on 02/11/2010

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i have a 5 year old who hardly spoke any words at 2 and now has amazing speech, and i now have a 2 year old who forms sentences without any problems. Both boys have been bought up exactly the same and are so different - don't worry just yet he is still young . Have you tried sure start classes they are free and help with speech and development and they also teach sign language Good luck hope this helps x

Amanda - posted on 02/09/2010

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My son is 2 years, 4 months and don't stop talking. He puts full sentences together all the time. He started this over Christmas but before that it was like 3-4 word sentences. So try not to worry just one days she might start talking up a storm.

KIMBERLY - posted on 02/08/2010

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My daughter is the same way, however she is an only child and does not hang around other kids. But she really only talks when she is alone and happy but its only a few words that we teach her. and she is a good repeater she just needs to put it in a statement form, so i can understand and know what she wants.

Faith - posted on 02/06/2010

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my son is now 4 and he was the same way. A lot of it was confidence!! He started getting help once a week and slowly started to talk more. Now we can't shut the boy up!!=0) He is still getting speech therapy to work on his articulation because he is still hard to understand. But it is fairly normal. Def. ask her dr what they recommend. My son was almost 2 1/2 when he started to get help. My daughter on the other hand is 2 and talks so much and says so many different words it absolutely amazes me!!

Shantal_spicer - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son is 2 and a half, and he does say some things but not alot! We spend alot of time with other Children, I am a stay at home mom and spend alot of time reading book and other educational things. I do not talk to him like he is a baby, and I try to get him to say the words of things he wants and I do have to say in the last month it has improved alot, but I am still worried!! I am taking him to be assest. I live in Canada so I just got the question sheet yesterday then I have to mail it back and then they will put him on a wait list which is 3-4 months but I just want to know for myself. I think I worry about it because I thought he would be a early talker as he said mom and mommy at 8 months. Compared to all the other child his age he is way behind, and even some of the children younger then him say more then he does. I am not worried that it is his hearing becasue he understands me and listens well!! I hope things go well for you!! I am happy to hear I am not the only one with this issue because where I live I seem to be the only one whos child doesn't talk!!

Vimla - posted on 02/04/2010

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My lil boy is 2 years n 5 months. and i can have conversation with him like an adult. he started talking went he was 1 year +. I think its best to talk to them like an adult rather than using their baby language. n there should always be someone talking to them, let allowing them to watch TV, listen to music, repeat words to them, correct them if thier pronounsation is wrong. all this will help them learn fast. Babies absorbs things fast n easily... Hope for the best everyone. Bless u.

Sarah - posted on 02/04/2010

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my 2 yr old talked alot but u couldn't understand wat she was saying. that's the only time u really need to worry. if she isnt talking alot but u can understand her its ok, she's probably just nervous about her voice. just praise her and get all excited when she does talk and copy her and then she will start to copy u.

Kim - posted on 02/04/2010

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My 2 year old is the same way and I set him up a appointment to see if everything was alright before the problem worsens. He goes next month so I'm hoping its just me and everything is miving along well. He says a lot its just some things we have no idea what he's saying, but I must say a lot of things are souding much more clearer...Good Luck whatever u decide to do.

Lorraine - posted on 02/04/2010

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All kids are different! My 2 year old doesnt say much either but i do know what he is looking for! My health nurse said its nothing to worry about! So dont stress im sure ur daughter will be talking in no time and might not know when to stop sometimes :)

Heather - posted on 02/03/2010

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Stacey if you live in the USA you can get Early Intervention programs to help you out. They are wonderful and will come right to your home to do the testing. Our daughter was battling to talk and she received Speech Therapy she basically has a hard time with her s and f sounds. What has been good about getting help from a young age is that you can help them get out of bad speech habitats that might form.

I know how hard it is to even try and judge if she has a problem or not as I have been a preschool teacher for years and I still second guessed myself. Now that my little boy is learning to talk, I can really see how difficult it was for my daughter to get the words out. If you are uncertain rather find out about getting some help, the earlier the better. Unfortunately some pediatricians will say don't worry about it come back when she is older. Good luck I hope it all works out.

Shanna - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son was the same way and at 2 1/2, I had him evalutated. He only spoke a few words but he passed everything bc he got what he wanted to say across through body language. They told me that some kids just pass through milestones later than others. He is now 5 and is still a little behind but his language inproved greatly once he was around other kids more and in PreK. My advice is to get her around kids of all ages as much as possible because sometimes they are the best teachers!

Marion - posted on 02/02/2010

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My 2 yr old talks up a storm. When my older son was 2 he never talk at all. He had to go for speech therapy. Hope this helps

Lori - posted on 01/31/2010

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My son is 2 yrs 4 months and he says about 15 words and can put two to three words together. I am going to get him evaluated next month even know he will probably talk in a few months. he has two older sisters who do all the talking for him. My girls didn't talk until 2 1/2 and now they don't shut up so I am a full believer that he will talk on his own soon.

Cheyenne - posted on 01/15/2010

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That is probably because she has older sibling(s) and they probably tend to talk for her.
My daughter talks up a storm but she's home with mom all the time and I do not do baby talk..I talk to her like a person.

Vanessa - posted on 01/14/2010

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My daughter is about in the same place. She has a fairly wide vocabulary, but its not quite completely understandable yet. I think all children develop at their own pace.

Vera - posted on 01/14/2010

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My son is 2 years and 4 months on 19th Jan. He says mama, dada, recites alphabet and counting until 20, but doesn't talk. We have bilingual family, so I was told not to worry until he turns 3. So we will see.

Brittany - posted on 01/14/2010

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my son is 2 and has the same problems he has therapy for speech twice a week, they tested him for autism but it was negative, they say he is very delayed but im not sure what to do

Zahra - posted on 01/14/2010

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Most importantly don't worry. Kids are all different and if (IF) there is something wrong you can get help. My son was about 20 months before he even said mama and then at two he was still only saying a couple of words. Now he is 29 months and he is fine. For a while there I was worried too. I did sign language with him since he was 7 months old and so when he couldnt speak he used his hands. Try this as a two year old should pick it up pretty quickly. Good luck

Leslie - posted on 01/14/2010

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My daughter is the exact same way. She turned two and didn't even say mama. I took her to an ENT and she had a ABI test done and she has perfect hearing. I took her to a speech therapist and she has an expressive language disorder. I was worried about autism. She wouldn't even look at anyone in the eye. She only cried for what she wanted, she threw her dishes on the floor to let us know she was done. She didn't even imitate sounds. Her doctor called ECI (early childhood intervention) and they came out to the house. Now she gets 6 therapy sessions a month and there has been dramatic changes from oct to now. She has a vocabulary of about 15 words and she can sign about 15 things. She can also follow simple instructions and she is way more interactive. The best thing about ECI is that it's free for 6 months and then based on a family income sliding fee scale. the most you are asked to pay is 150/month. I was amazed. During her therapy session on Tuesday, the therapist was singing twinkle twinkle little star and she would wait and madison would say the last word of every line. I would look into ECI bc developmental pediatricians take almost a year to get into and these therapist come to your house or daycare or mothers day out, wherever the child spends most of the time. I don't know what state you live in, but here in TX it's run by DARS. Ask the pediatrician, mine sent something in the same day and Maddy had her evaluation two weeks later and started therapy immediately. I hope this helps. I know it's long, but I feel like it might be able to help. If you want, I can go into more detail about what the therapists have done and how they work with her and maybe that will help too.

Caitlin - posted on 01/13/2010

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I am going through the same thing with my son. He has just recently started seeing a speech therapist once a week. She is teaching him sign language which has helped cut down on his frustration. You should take your concerns to your daughter's pediatrician and together ya'll should decide what is best for her. Reading the responses makes me feel a lot better knowing that I am not the only mother our there that struggles with a child who isnt speaking.

Rachael - posted on 01/13/2010

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I have the same problem with my 2 year old I've been told not to worry about it. Kids will talk in there own time. It does kind of get a bit confussing when all the other 2 year olds are talking,

Raquel - posted on 01/13/2010

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My son is 2 years old and he also have a problem with talking. I also bought flashcards, read to him and even let him look at some very educational dvds but nothing is working. He just seems to have a problem with pronouncing some words. I am afraid it will take him a long time before he talks and it worries me because I can tell that he wants to communicate with me so bad.

Last month I went to the consultation bureau and they had suggest that he see someone about his speech but they also wanted to hear the school's opinion on how my son was progressing. The school said it was way too early and that the consultation bureau should wait until he is 3 and if he's not talking by then, then he should see a specialist.

I going to wait until then and I hope he improves but so far its still the same. Good luck to you!!!

Abby - posted on 01/12/2010

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Every kid has a different learning curve for talking, but if it concerns you then I would talk to her pediatrician. Sometimes kids have hearing difficulties that prevent them from learning language skills. Good luck!

Charity - posted on 01/11/2010

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My daughter wasn't talking much either. I read to her all the time and showed her flash cards. I decided to get her a speech therapist. Her vocabulary has increased substantially since she started!

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