Why does my daughter repeat sounds and not words?

Arwen - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Is this normal? My daughter is 23 months, and she can say about 18 words, but she does not say them often. We do get every single sound effect you can imagine. She even sang a "dun dun dun" at the TV the other day. Does anyone else deal with this?

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Arwen - posted on 12/16/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

Some children talk later than others. If you have been to the doctor and there is nothing physically wrong, this may be the case for you. My son, now 13, didn't talk clearly until he was 5. Now it's hard to get him to stop!

I found a book called "The Einstein Syndrome" that said that kids with strong spacial skills (which translates to "good at math" when they get older) often talk later because the development of spacial ability crowds out the language center in the brain for the first couple of years. Sure enough, my late talking child is now a math whiz!


 



That's funny that you mention the math thing.  My husband was a late talker, went to speech therapy, and is brilliant at math.  His sister chatters on and on, sucks at math.  I'm not good at math at all, and I have always excelled at literature.  Maybe I have a little scientist.  That would be a relief.  =)

Monica - posted on 12/16/2009

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she'll talk. she can probably say more than what you think. just speak to her like an adult using complete sentences and tell her to use her big girl words.

Sarah - posted on 12/16/2009

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I too agree with what everyone has been saying. Each child develops at their own rate. You want to give room for them to develop at that rate, but at the same time if there is an issue it is always better to caught it earlier than later. I would suggest talking to your doc., see what he says. Then maybe getting an evaluation done through your local AEA (Area Eduation Agency). You can call your local school to get info. All the testing and evaluations are free. They can test the hearing and also test the speech to make sure things are ok. If she would need any help they will be able to set you up with some and sometimes that is free also. I watch a little boy that can't say the ending of his words, but if you say the ending first he can say that. He also does not understand very much at all. I started noticing the speech part when he was about 2 years old. At that time I just figured it would come. He is a boy, which sometimes means the speech comes a little later. We do A LOT of talking throughout the day, so I figured it would come. As time went on and I say the little girl that I babysit progressing and him not I became concerned. So I started keeping an eye on things a little bit more and started noticing that he does not really understand much of what you say to him. I wish I would have noticed things earlier and encouraged the parents to investage sooner. He is about 1 yr to 1 1/2 years behind in his understanding and speech and I think if he would have received help sooner he might not be that far behind. On the other side of things I have a sister that did not talk for a LONG time. All of a sudden one day it all came. She is very smart and one of the loudest ones today. So sometimes it is just hard to know.

Jennifer - posted on 12/16/2009

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Both Dusty and Lisa made great points - they are both correct. Some children are slower than others in development - I have noticed more in boys than girls. Every child is different so don't think your daughter is not normal.
Does your daughter get ear infections and if so, how often? My almost 3 year old boy was suffering from reoccuring ear infections for almost a year. They tried everything - medication, more medication, and even more medication until it went away. After the second time of the same thing happening, they referred me to an ENT for further testing. My son had very little hearing because of the infections that would not go away - there was so much fluid behind his eardrum that he was constantly in pain and could not hear words - he spoke what he heard. He got the tubes in his ears 3 days before his second birthday and still has them 10 months later. It seemed like a miracle - within 2 weeks after the surgery, he was talking more and clearer - he was finally able to hear!
Don't forget - once your child starts talking they won't stop so be prepared! :)

Dusty - posted on 12/16/2009

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well i had some thing like that. my son was not talking much would say 6 words and would make sounds for what every he need. i ended up taking him in to the docs when i found out he was having ear infections and form there they put tubes in. in 6months he went form saying 6 words to talking almost normally he still is a lil behind but we are getting him there.also i would sign to my son so that is how we talked since he could not. so get her hearing cheeked and fing out if she needs tubes and she may need tubes to hear better to say more words.

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Arwen - posted on 12/16/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:


Does your daughter get ear infections and if so, how often?


 



Not at all.  She has been sick all of one time in her life from the stomach flu over a year ago.  She hears just fine.  I often whisper across the room to her, ask her to bring stuff, and she does.  I do that whenever she isn't looking at me just to make sure she's hearing.

Arwen - posted on 12/16/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:


Does your daughter get ear infections and if so, how often?


 



Not at all.  She has been sick all of one time in her life from the stomach flu over a year ago.  She hears just fine.  I often whisper across the room to her, ask her to bring stuff, and she does.  I do that whenever she isn't looking at me just to make sure she's hearing.

Kathy - posted on 12/16/2009

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My now almost 3 year old had only 6 words at her 24 mth checkup. Which was very distressing to me and my hubby since the oldest 2 had no speech issues or anything and were chattering away from a very early age. My ped said often they don't feel the need to speak when they have older siblings that do it for them, others just don't want to and will when they are ready. She told me that if nothing changed with her speech within 2 mths they would send her in for a speech evaluation and within 2 weeks she just started yammering on and on. Maybe she'll do the same thing. The key things my ped wanted to know was "Does she following 3 or 4 step commands?" (ie, Klara go and get your cup and bring it to the table and sit down for lunch), "Does she comprehend questions?" (Do you want breakfast? then nodding her head or pointing and indicating what she wants out of fridge/cabinet) If so she is comprehending and able to process the thoughts so the verbal is going to follow along soon, luckily she was right. This does NOT apply to every child so I would ask your ped specifically. Good luck:)

Lisa - posted on 12/16/2009

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Some children talk later than others. If you have been to the doctor and there is nothing physically wrong, this may be the case for you. My son, now 13, didn't talk clearly until he was 5. Now it's hard to get him to stop!

I found a book called "The Einstein Syndrome" that said that kids with strong spacial skills (which translates to "good at math" when they get older) often talk later because the development of spacial ability crowds out the language center in the brain for the first couple of years. Sure enough, my late talking child is now a math whiz!

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