Not talking

Amy - posted on 04/12/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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why is my 1 1/2 yr old not saying much? He only says a few words, and that's it...

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Kimberly - posted on 04/14/2010

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The real question here is does your child have "language". I am not talking about English, but a way of communicating and getting what he/she wants. It is the nature of the human being to do as little as possible to get by. If your child can point and grunt to get what he/she wants there is no reason to use full words. Also typical vocabulary at 18 months is around 20 words!

Amy - posted on 04/13/2010

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Thank you all very much! I was wondering if it was b/c of him pointing and myself , or his older brother going to get what it was he wanted. He had a binkie, but it was taken away at 6 mon. old...so I don't believe it would be that...but again thank you all very much!!

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It could be several things. Your child may be more of a "watcher", than a talker, nothing at all wrong with this. Some children are just more quiet. My husband didn't start speaking until he was 3. There was no abuse, and he is above average intelligence, he just chose to be quiet.I found that when talking to my child, about anything, esp when disciplining or explaining why we should not repeat a certain action, I would talk to her like I would talk to you, only I would break down what I said. I really wouldn't worry about it at this point. It is not indicative at this point of intelligence. It could just be a personality preference.

Susan - posted on 04/13/2010

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Just keep reading, talking, singing, describing objects and explaining what they are and what they do. They can't pick it up unless they are hearing it, and I am in no way saying you don't interact with your baby. Just saying if you are doing those things keep doing them and the words will come. Every child is different and learns at his or her own pace.

Stefania - posted on 04/12/2010

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My daughter is almost 14 months & her vocabulary consists of "dadda, daddy, mamma, mom, bubba, baybeee(baby), nonna (grandma in Italian), no & a few words that i cant quiet understand yet. Dont stress, he says those few words & he's only 1 1/2. I met my niece when she just turned 2 & i could barely understand her & shes now 4 & talks like an adult. Babies all develope differently so dont stress yourself out, chances are hes fine. Also unless the pacifier is in your babies mouth 24/7 it has nothing to do with speach problems. My mom took away my binky at 12 months & i sucked on my right index & middle finger which caused me to have an underbite & had to get braces for 3 years & have a mild lisp. People say they cant notice it until i mention it.

Veronica - posted on 04/12/2010

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If your MD isn't concerned, I wouldn't worry either. I always remember that Einstein didn't talk till he was 8! There are so many different personalities, some more rare than others, but nonetheless 'normal'. He might be a very intuitive, analytical type and perhaps when he does blossom verbally, he will surprise you with what he knows.

Becky - posted on 04/12/2010

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It could be part of who your child is.....I did not start talking till I was 4 years old. This frustrated my parents around the bend and back and then they sent me to speech therapy to get me speaking. I have been a quiet girl since I was very small and I find that I talk when I need to talk and I am conservative with my words.......Maybe your child is similuar to how I am.not much of a talker.....Find something that interests your child to get them talking and start with that.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/12/2010

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I wouldn't worry too much at 1.5 years. Once he passes 2 years then I would get him checked out (hearing, tongue tied, autism, etc) My son turned three in January and doesn't say a single word, but he is very vocal and expressive). We are starting speech therapy in May (that's the soonest we could get in) In his case, it is hereditary (his father didn't speak until he was three; it's called maturation delay). But again, don't worry. He's still very young.



Edited to add: My son never had a pacifier and was a great breast feeder, so sometimes binkys and bottles have nothing to do with it.

Heather - posted on 04/12/2010

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In my experience (myself, friends, extended family, church members, etc.), little one's who have a pacifier speak later & can sometimes be harder to understand, even to the point of requiring speech later (which isn't the end of the world, my step-daughter didn't have a plug but took speech for 1 yr. & it helped her pronunciation & she had fun). Main thing to remember is that the guidlines for "milestones" are based on the "average" child. What's that mean anyway? They're all individuals & the normal, healthy range for the milestone to be met is very broad. I know plenty of little ones that started talking later, but now have a greater vocab than others their age, as well as ones that spoke pretty early, but maintained a comfortably small vocabulary in comparison to their peers. Think of speech like growth- it's got it's own timetable, and can go in spurts, but as long as there are no major causes for concern (like a lack of social smiling or inability to recognize one's own name, which acn be indicators of serious conditions) then relax and enjoy their little years. One saying I've heard is "We spend the first year(s) of their life trying to get them to walk & talk and the rest of them telling them to sit down & be quiet." lol, it seems a bit harsh, but can be oh, so true

Olivia - posted on 04/12/2010

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actually with my son he spoke a couple of words at about the same age, which in my opinion is about right! they are just picking up words and learning to pronounce them! just give him time, he's only 1 1\2 years :) he'll be chattering away before you know it!

Amber - posted on 04/12/2010

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Until I took my little girls binki away, she wouldn't talk much at all. After, she says just about anything. I also have a relative with an almost 3 yr old who, is on the binki, still doesnt say much. I'm not saying the binki is the cause, that is just how it is in our family.

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