Son does not speak- 2 1/2 yrs old

Heather - posted on 07/28/2016 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am a full time stay at home mother. My son is 2 1/2 years old. He is not speaking yet. I understand taking my son to a speech therapist, but that doesn't mean he will speak tomorrow, or at all it just closes the gap. I do everything that I possibly can. I read, sing, teach him all day. I take him everywhere with me. He knows quite a bit of things, he takes my hand like he wants to take to show me what he wants. I read that some parents have luck with speech therapy and others don't. My husband didn't start speaking until after 3 yrs old and very smart. I wonder if my son will do the same, I don't want my son labeled, and the more speech you do, the more money. Any teaching techniques stay at home mothers do, does any one else worry. Thank you.

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Managa - posted on 07/30/2016

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My daughter is the same age as your child and she doesnt speak aswell, her hearing is good and knows few words. Its very frustrating for me and for her. But im hoping she will start speaking once she goes to kindergarten, she starts this September.

I know how you feel about not wanting your child to be labeled. Im afraid of that as well. I feel like when people dont understand someones behaviour or their personality they label them a way that they think is right for them. The whole topic makes me so angry.

Just have faith and be patient, not all kids are the same. Just because some kids are faster at things doesnt mean the ones who are slower are abnormal. Everyone has their good and bad qualities. ♡

Jodi - posted on 07/28/2016

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Actually, a good speech therapist isn't just there to teach them to speak. They are also able to identify if there are any other issues with regard to their speech. Have you talked to your doctor about your concerns? You really should be consulting with professionals.

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Victoria - posted on 08/03/2016

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I believe if a parent speaks to them, they tend to imitate at that age. They might not be perfect but they will eventually. At that age, my children only spoke Spanish. It took them years in speech class to finally speak English. Best of luck to you.

Managa - posted on 08/01/2016

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Actually I do have witnessed what happens to a child when label them and then work with them.
My husbands brother. They have diagnosed him with Autism because he wasnt speaking to his teachers or to his family to anyone, they made him switch schools and if the mother would refuse they could take him away from him (they live in Switzerland) so she agreed and like you said to help him and give him the support he needs. The day that he was diagnosed with Autism everyone just saw a boy who was sick. They didnt care for his talents or how smart he was every little thing he did was considered not normal, if he would trow rocks at a cat his parents would say im sorry he does not know better he has mentalillnes, it made me so frustrated because they didnt see a little boy .

When I got married I did so much to make him talk again and he did he sees me as a friend and is very open to me. He behaves bad like all boys at times do he talks alot he can read he can write he is very smart and he would do so better in a normal school but they dont give him the chance . And I dont believe he has Autism, I think he had a trauma cause his father can be very scary when he gets drunk I think he just put up walls and now they are down and yet people see him as a sick boy ..

And thats what I dont want for my kids. If they need help Im willing to help them myself . Of course if its about medical issue then I cant.

I was and am very bad at math and Im still not comfortable talking to people but I still have my diploma without people labeling me.

I hope you get my message right. I just dont like the whole idea of diagnosing someone based on someones behaviour or personality .

Heather - posted on 07/30/2016

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Thank you for your post. It made my day, where is more mothers like you. Your email was inspiring. I really do appreciate it. Good Luck as well. Have a great day!

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