Losing words?

Brittney - posted on 03/29/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 18 months, with that, she also seems to be 'losing words'. She used to say 'monkey' very well and everyone could understand her, now instead of saying it 'mon-key' she says 'bobbie' which she always says for 'bunny'. She also says 'dooty' instead of 'movie' and she used to say movie very well too. It seems as she is gaining words, she stops pronouncing words like she used to. She hasn't had her 18 month check up yet, but I just wanted some thoughts on this. Has this happened to anyone else before? I read to her a lot, we don't watch TV, besides the occasional movie. I interact with her daily, so I don't understand why the sudden loss of words. Other than a few words she doesn't pronounce the right way anymore, she can say over 100+ others, do you think all of them will end up 'baby babble'? Thanks.

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April - posted on 03/29/2012

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I would be sure to mention this at your doctors appt. I don't want to be negative, but, Autism can start out like this. It is one of the early signs & symptoms of Autism. I don't want to upset you, but, you should have it looked into.

Brittney - posted on 03/29/2012

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I did a little research on Autism and she has good social skills, she was an early talker, and out of this list: Doesn't babble or coo by 12 months (babbled and cooed at 4 months)

Doesn't gesture — such as point or wave — by 12 months (started waving at 6 months)

Doesn't say single words by 16 months (said her first word at 2 months)

Doesn't say two-word phrases by 24 months (said first phrase at 10 months)

Loses previously acquired language or social skills at any age (this is the only one, but she still knows what it is.)



She also used to call everything 'dada' and when I would tell her its a baby she started to say 'baba' then 'baby' .



Well, thanks for the info anyway, the doctor doesn't seem worried, but I'll be sure to keep an eye out.

Katie - posted on 03/31/2012

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You don't have to worry about it rite now. It is normal for a child to stop saying and or doing other things they use to say / do for a while when they are learning new things. Just keep working with her and everything should be okay. You can mention it to her doctor just to be safe but they will probably tell you the same thing.

Kimberley - posted on 03/31/2012

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I would definitely not get to worried yet. Just make sure to get her to her checkup where they can age her and stage her. She is very young yet. Is it that because she is learning so many other words, maybe she likes saying them better and is kind of forgetting how to pronounce the other words? Or it could be she is just focusing on something else and not really paying attention to what she is saying. Remember little children have very short attention spans. Just be sure not to make a big deal out of in front of her so she doesn't think she is doing something wrong. Stay positive and have fun with your little one!

Kimberly - posted on 03/29/2012

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My daughter kind of went through the same thing, she could say a few words really clear and correct then it just seemed she either stopped saying them or was saying them in a baby way. It lasted a few weeks and we just kept saying the words to her correctly and she started using them right again. She is 2 1/5 and still says some words in a baby way but you can still understand what she wants just have to watch cause she gets her t' and f's mixed up sometimes so when she yells the the big fruck is coming it doesnt sound like that to other people!!! I would just keep correcting her and she should get it quick enough

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Teresa - posted on 03/30/2012

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With Autism, toddlers can be talking and then loose language sOme of the students I used to work with talked until they were 3. Then began to regress one day.. Definitely have a doctor look at her. Good Luck and God Bless!

Elfrieda - posted on 03/29/2012

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When my son was one, he seemed to do the same thing, like he said "tractor" very clearly at 15 months, but at 17 months he had forgotten about that and moved on to the next thing. I figured he thought he'd mastered that word and went on to the next one.

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