At what age should he be talking?

Danielle - posted on 01/21/2013 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 18 months and he hasn't started talking yet. He's hit all of his milestones other than the speech. I'm slightly worried but then again I feel as if I'm not doing enough or not doing the right thing.
I've read articles and magazines about the ages of certain milestones and it seems like he's abit late for this one. My younger brother didn't start talking until about four years. Everyone thought he was autistic but he was normal, but I still don't know about it.
I know I am probably just overreacting, but I want to get some more views about it. Is there something else I could do about it or to encourage the speech?

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Gigi - posted on 01/23/2013

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Well if he understands what you are saying to him, I wouln't be too concerned. Maybe he is just one of those kids who process until they are proficient and then amaze you with their vocabulary! I don't knw where you could get him evaluated, I would start at pediatrician and ask there.
As for my daughter, its very easy for kids to learn multiple languages when they are small. They are like sponges at that age. But it sure makes difficult to evaluate are they late with milestones when it comes to language.

Cecilia - posted on 01/22/2013

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If he's 18 months he should be due to see the doctor for shots, correct? talk to the pediatrician about your concerns.

Best way to encourage speech is to talk to them. Read, talk about what is going on around them. Talk about what you see. Say things like "oh do you see that red bird in the tree? " Do not use baby talk. Talk to him like he is an adult. I even counted as we walked up stairs in the house. Always talking to them. Truth is you probably shouldn't be too concerned but make sure you do mention it to pediatrician. That way they can rule out things like hearing loss. (BTW children who get many ear infections seem to develop a little slower in speech)

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Susan - posted on 02/03/2013

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I wouldn't be too concerned yet, but I would probably ask his doctor just to ease your mind. My daughter was a little late in starting to talk, but now at 4.5 she never shuts up! At her 2 year appointment she had a bunch of words, but still wasn't putting any of them together. The doctor said at 2.5 if she wasn't doing that he would be concerned. About a week or so later, she just started yapping up a storm. A lot of kids just start doing it one day. I agree with the others, just keep talking to him. They do say it's more important that they can understand you than to speak at that age. With our daughter we kept making her ask for things and use more words.

Niki - posted on 01/30/2013

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Don't stress about it. Boys talk later as a rule. If he has no other issues, just give it awhile. You can help by not responding to whining demands, maybe insist on a hand sign. My daughter didn't talk till after two, when she did it was " Mommy can I please have a chocolate cookie from that cupboard". Just keep reading, and demonstrating how to say something. If he gets past two - two and a half and still isn't saying much of anything - then act on it.

Simon - posted on 01/29/2013

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my wife was seriously concerned about our little boy when he was also 18 months old. he understood pretty much everything we said and did plenty of pointing, grunting, and other assorted noises. But he refused to talk and if we tried to force the issue, he'd get angry and throw a tantrum. We pulled back and continued to talk to him, encourage him to talk/ask for things, but didn't push him too hard. At around 20 months old -- something clicked and his interest in talking exploded. Still 1-2 words at a time, no sentences -- but I think it was more "just time" for him to talk and less about something special that we did. Some things you could do -- make saying something part of a game -- especially things/objects that he likes: certain foods, animals, toys.

Leanna - posted on 01/28/2013

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1 year old. If he is older than that, he probably has a slight speech or developmental delay.

Danielle - posted on 01/22/2013

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well he understands what were saying and he babbles but he hasn't put any words together yet. Um where exactly would I get him evaluated? And WOW bilingual? That's one SMART kid! Ha.

Gigi - posted on 01/22/2013

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Take him to be evaluated, every kid is different and its impossible to say whats happening like this. for example, does he say any words at all? Does he understand you when you talk to him? Can he follow instructions such as " Please bring me your shoes.", especially when the instructions are out of context?
My daughter (3 years now) said only mama and papa and auto until 18 months, but then at 18 months her speech exploded and she spoke in 3-4 word sentences. However, she is trilingual (and has been exposed every day to 3 languages from birth) so I wasn't really concerned.

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