Hi, I am a dad staying home taking care of my little daughter Carlota, doctor told us since she is 20 months old, she should manage to talk at least, 10 words, she is not in the hurry to talk but, something else, me and my wife do not find any signal of frustruation on her when she can not comunicate, it is like she doesn't care yet, she qualified for therapy since they found she acts normal besides the talking issue, it is normal in some kids to do? thank you, have a good day and God bless

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Chinyendu - posted on 01/09/2013

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I believe she is ur first child. And u stay at home just both of u. My first daughter who is 5yrs now did not talk much even when she turned 2yrs and was even going on to 3yrs.I stayed at home too with her. I felt maybe l was the problem, l was not talking to her that much. I suggest u talk to her and tell her names of things, like spoon, food, water etc, reading books to her (read an easy book to her for a very long time so that she can get used to the words. I also suggest u get her YOUR BABY CAN READ. It has video and books with word cards. It really helped my second daughter who is 3yrs now. She reads all the word cards. Pls, don't get so stressed about that. As long as she is healthy and developing in every other aspect as a toddler should, she will talk. I can assure u of that, my first daughter is talking so much now, her Dad reminds me of how worried we were when she wasn't talking. Good luck.

Christine - posted on 01/08/2013

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My middle daughter did not care to talk until she was about 2 and 1/4 years old. She is now a graduate of NYU and a an actress and writer! No worries, some kids just don't talk as early as others. If you want to make sure everything is okay, you could take her to a speech therapist for some peace of mind.

Sally - posted on 01/06/2013

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She's probably fine, but it never hurts to get an evaluation. If there is something wrong, it's likely to be easier to fix the sooner you start helping her.
Another important issue is your pediatrician's complete disregard for your concerns as a parent and rights as a patient. Regardless of how one does or does not feel about vaccinations, the way you were treated at that appointment was not acceptable. If it was a one time thing and you feel they listened when you complained about it, it's probably a good idea to give them another chance. But any doctor who treats any patient that way regularly is NOT a safe person to treat your children and you need to find a new one.
Good luck

Rosanne - posted on 01/06/2013

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My oldest didn't talk until she was passed her second birthday. We were concerned too but we knew she could hear because she could follow simple directions (like come to mommy) and responded to her name. She just seemed content to communicate with grunts and gestures even though it was very frustrating for us. Somewhere around her second birthday she finally started adding words and quickly started talking in simple sentences. At 4.5 she's very bright and happy and she talks non stop though her speech isn't quite as clear as others her age. If you're daughter is communicating in others ways: pointing, gesturing, head shaking, responding to her name, making eye contact etc. there's probably no reason to be concerned yet.

Jessica - posted on 01/05/2013

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Hi there! I'm a Mom of three and I can tell you all kids develop at different paces. These benchmarks that doctors use for development are average ages. Some kids just do things when they want to. My 11yr old daughter didn't speak more than 5 or 6 clear words until she was nearly 2yrs old....she is now a six grade high honor student. My 7yr old son had no real interest in walking until he was about 14 mos and my 16mo old walked when he was 10 mos old! If everything else is on track (hearing, walking, motor skills) just be patient and try not to worry. Also, try asking her where things are and see if she points and/or goes to it....where's the computer?....where are your shoes?....show me where your eyes are. We did this and it set us at ease knowing that she did understand and know these things and just needed more time learning how to say them. Best of luck!

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Gonzalo - posted on 01/08/2013

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The funny check was an accident, your comment is so helpful, nice and encouraging to me, thank you Christine

Gonzalo - posted on 01/05/2013

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Thank you Jess, as I say, we are very pacient with daughter, I just don't want her pediatrician judge this as a negligence or an ignorance from giving our daughter her time to developing her speech, maybe we should change to another pediatrician for not feeling the pressure, what do you think, God bless

Gonzalo - posted on 01/04/2013

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Thank you so much, your sharing makes me feel better and I will be praying for your little angel to reach every single expectation from you as a lovely mother, God bless you

Cleaver - posted on 01/04/2013

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i am very pro vaccine so i wont get into it always ends up with big debates and kids always cry when getting vaccinated. i also have a child that is behind in speech he is 2 yrs and 3 mos and he maybe says a handful of words. my pediatrician insures me that its fine he was tested for autism and passed we are having his hearing tested though

Gonzalo - posted on 01/04/2013

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Thinking about reasons she is not talking, she had 7 vaccines in one day when she was 9 months old, she cried because of the pain, she got breathless like she was not taking a second breath to keep crying, I argued before if there was a chance on having half (3 vacc max) one day and the rest another day but they told me, "we told you that if she didn't show up for flu shot when she needed, next session would be with 7 shots, so you were warned on time" and I said that I had the right to decide if I want the flu shots for her or not (I notice when my older boy gets the flu shots, he gets sick and when he doesn't get it, he barely gets any flu,) but the flu stuff is not my concern, my worries are about a nine months old baby receiving 6 shots and one oral vaccine at once, would some thing like this be a reason for secondary reactions like, she is not talking yet even she is almos 21 months old? Thank you and God bless

Gonzalo - posted on 01/04/2013

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oops, sorry, this is my first time here, I forgot make it as a question and it went through as a post

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