Does my son have a problem?

Juanita - posted on 01/10/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi my son will be 3 in april. He knows his abcs he can count to 30 he says a few things like bless you thank you i love you here you go water juice your welcome open door..etc. He is an only child and i havent worked much since ive had him so we stay inside a lot. Im getting very worried because he wont have a full blown conversation with me. At the same time hes stubborn and says things when he wants,depending on how he feels that day. I need help guys! Please! Any advice??

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Gennine - posted on 01/13/2014

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This sounds so much like my son. He will be 3 next month and does not conversate. Like your son mine also knows his abc's, numbers to 30, shapes even the hard ones, and can even read his color and shape words, but is so stubborn when it comes to talking. If I say, say bye bye he won't but if I don't most the time he will. It's so frustrating. I now have him in speech therapy, it seems to be helping.

Chet - posted on 01/10/2014

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Some kids are not that chatty. All of our kids are very talkative now, but two were really slow to start... especially our youngest. Our youngest couldn't carry out a real conversation at two and a half.

If he understands what you say, makes an effort to communicate, and is making gains in his expressive language (he talks more now than he did a month ago) and is putting words together I wouldn't worry.

Talk, read, sing, recite rhymes, ask him questions, describe the things you do as you do them, comment on what you see... just continue to expose him to lots of language.

Also, it may help ease your mind if you start keeping a list of his vocabulary. He probably says more than you realise.

You could search for "language milestones at 30 months" but take what you find with a grain of salt. Those lists don't represent real children... it's the result of what you get when you average the language development of thousands of children together. Normal children rarely match the list perfectly.

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