My 2 year old has a speech delay

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He speaks a few words and phrases, but no complete sentences and ABC's. He recognizes the ABC song, but doesn't recite the alphabet. The doctor said he should go to speech therapy. I am wondering what the future will hold for him. Will he be behind in kindergarden and so on?

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Kristy - posted on 09/27/2012

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My son is 2 and has the same problem. He does say a few words. He can tell us what he wants even when he does not talk. We read to him every night and I sing and talk to him. I am going to wait till he is 3 and if he is not talking then we will do something. I am worried that if I get him tested they will say something bad. Some kids are slow at talking. I hope my son is not Autistic

Vikki - posted on 08/22/2010

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I have been a daycare provider and a mom! for 16years. I work with many children with different speech issue. I found a great site that helps me get them ready for kindergarten. I have been sharing the info with everyone I can because I am really amazed at how helpful it has been. I can also get questions I have answered by a speech pathologist. Speechtails,com - go to Amy's Corner to get your questions answered!!! Good Luck

Shannon - posted on 08/24/2010

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I would go to a ear, nose, throat Dr. to have his ears checked. I don't want to scare you but my friend had this problem with her son. He had inner ear issues which not only affected his speech but also with balance and motor skills. He has under developed muscle tone and his mom is working with him to strengthen him up. He is doing good now, but does go to speech therapy. He had a history of ear infections so I don't know if this applies to your stiuation, but I thought I would share what Iv'e seen.

RaeAnn - posted on 08/21/2010

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Our pediatrician thought our daughter had a speech delay. At 2 she could only say about a dozen words. We had her hearing tested and it came back fine. We read to her and sang to her and just talked to her even if she didn't answer. Funny enough she was a home baby and her first year she was with a nanny. We made the choice to put her at an in home daycare with other children and once she was around kids her own age she started to flourish. She is speaking beyond her age group now at 2 1/2. Don't worry, do what you can. Some kids just don't talk until they have something to say.

Emily - posted on 09/27/2012

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I am going thru the same thing. My son turned 2 in July. He says alot of words, but doesnt make 2 or more word sentences. His doctor pretty much demands that I put him in classes to help him learn. I am not really concerned about his speech. Boys are usually more behind than girls in just about everything! I figure he will start talking when he wants. His daddy didnt start really talking til he was 4..his cousins were like that as well, so again, no concerns. All of a sudden, he starts saying things like "Let's go!"



Give your son time, he will talk when he is ready..If you are really concerned about it, put him in speech therapy...Good luck!

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Heidi - posted on 09/14/2011

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My son had speech therapy when he was 2, he was a little delayed in Kinder, but he is at grade level in everything now (10, 5th grade). His b-day 8/28 , and our cut off is 9/15 so he is one of the youngest kids in the grade. Get the therapy, it will only help.

Amanda - posted on 03/30/2011

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Persia,
If you are in the US, there are early intervention programs. I had them come out for my son because at his 15 month check up he was saying NO words at all. They told me he is a bit delayed but not enough to seek resources at this time. If he does not seem to be progressing much by the time he's two, I am going to have him reevaluated. I used to think there was something wrong with me/my husband/family because he wasn't talking, but I do believe that kids develop differently, and as of yet, he just doesn't feel the need! :)

Maura - posted on 03/30/2011

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my son is 22 months old and barely says 25 words. It really isn't a concern because boys tend to talk later than girls. You can look into early intervention services in your community - we have birth-to-3 where I live. They will come out evaluate and set up a plan if your son qualifys

Katherine - posted on 09/02/2010

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i am dealing with the same problem. My son who will be 3 next week can say many words, phrases and even put sentences together but still is a little mumbled almost like his brain is quicker then his mouth. My pediatrician suggested that I enroll him into a pre-school/daycare that has a speech therapist. If you talk to your peds doctor maybe he/she can recommend somewhere to take son good luck !

Carisa - posted on 08/27/2010

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Early intervention is they key...if you get him help now, by kindergarten he may no longer be behind. The speech therapist should be able to give you a better idea about your child...every child is different.

Rebekka - posted on 08/26/2010

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Read to him and if u can have him around other children a lil bit older then him about 3 and 4 and 5 yrs olds. he will pick up on some of what they say and will wanna talk with them... this helps also with potty training as well.

Lisa - posted on 08/26/2010

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It all depends on the individual child. A lot can happen in three years.
My son is very quick in everything but also has a speech delay.
We realized that he wasn't as articulate when his younger brother started talking and was clearer than him.
At speech and language they will give you exercises to work with your child and help them understand.
My son is 5 and starting kindergarten, some consonants he still has difficulty with but we can see real progress when we work with him.
I wouldn't worry about school yet, but it doesn't hurt to get an assessment with a Speech Therapist even for peace of mind for you.

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Each child is different, but both of my boys were that way... they wouldn't talk at age 2. Once they did start talking, they haven't stopped. My daughter is two and is following suit. Both boys (now are 6 and 7) had speech therapy in Kindergarten and seem to be doing fine. I don't want to say "don't worry about it" but you may just find that he is a late talker. Good luck! :)

Ma. Nympha - posted on 08/26/2010

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definitely no! my son is turning 3 yr old now but then just like your toddler he doesn't talk much only a few words not sentence and some people say most of children specially for boy cases they speak late. try to expose your son to children or maybe talk to your toddler more often so he/she can the words you saying to him/her.

Crissy - posted on 08/25/2010

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I have a 2 year old that needed to start speech due to being stubborn with his words. He has been going for 1 month now and is talking all the time he loves to go to speech to play games and read books. Sometimes kids dont use there words because they know they can get what they want with just sounds. Try the Fisher Price Window Books before bed. My son loves them. Also maybe try a few sessions of speech and sit on the outside of the room to where you can hear them in session. Also have a speech therapist just evaluate your son they will let you know what they think. Sometime kids also just speak when they are good and ready. The decision is up to you. I decided to try speech for 6 months and see how everything turned out. Sorry I was all over the place with this but its hard to type and play with my son at the same time. LOL I kept forgetting where I was

Natasha - posted on 08/25/2010

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Have you tried calling the nearest early intervention program? They can properly screen your child for any delys.

Crystal - posted on 08/25/2010

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A few words and phrases is a good start. It wouldn't hurt to get his hearing tested to make sure that isn't a cause of delay. Keep reading and singing to him. If you feel that he needs help, then Speech therapy isn't going to do any harm. If he does have a delay with early intervention he will be likely to be ready for kindergarten. He still has 3yrs before school starts for him, and thats plenty of time to catch up.

Cheryl - posted on 08/25/2010

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My little brother has speech delays and once he started going to speech therapy is helped, but what really helped is when the preschool took him on. They also put tubes in his ears and it was after that surgery he started talking a lot more.

Tiffany - posted on 08/24/2010

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check with your school I know my sisters son is starting a free preschool through PAT because of his speech delay which will also involve speech therapy. Both my sister and I were in speech therapy as children and we did just fine is school. All As and Bs. A little help never hurt anyone and they make it more of a game so the kids dont think of it as therapy.

Lisa - posted on 08/24/2010

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Children all develop at different rates and their development is based upon a lot of different things. My son will be 2 in December and has just started to repeat words like eat, potty, etc. My daughter will be 4 in December and is in speech therapy. I had her hearing tested at 2 1/2 and she was not hearing. We had tubes put in her ears and she was 100% blocked in one year, 75% blocked in the other. No wonder she couldn't talk, she couldn't hear! We had a speech therapist from the county come to our house until she was 3 and then she started early education through our school district.

Years ago, a friend had a little boy who wasn't talking at 2 1/2 and had a speech therapist come out and work with him. After a couple of months of speech therapy, the little boy looked at his mom and therapist and said, Go Away, All Done Now. Turns out he just didn't have anything to say!

Blocked eardrums are very common. I would have an Ears/Nose/Throat Doc check his ears and hearing before you have him evaluated by a speech therapist. Rules out anything physical.

Jaiy - posted on 08/24/2010

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My friend is a speech therapist and works with children. There's no way to tell if he's going to be behind in the future until you have a better understanding of what's going on. However, whatever the problem is, the sooner you start the better. Even the more complicated problems, when addressed early, can be overcome. The important thing is to find a therapist you trust and work with them. At two years old, he has a good chance of overcoming whatever it is that's holding him back.

Tiffany - posted on 08/24/2010

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My 12 year old daughter had a speech problem. She started therapy at 2 1/2 years. She never had any trouble is school. She has always made either straight a's or a b honor roll. She still has a little trouble with her speech, but she stopped going to speech therapy a few years ago. She's doing fine. I'm sure your son will be ok. Just make sure he goes to speech and tries hard and he'll be fine.

Kathy - posted on 08/24/2010

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I wouldn't bother with a speech therapist. Many kids who are 2 don't speak but understand everything. boys are usually late talkers - my nephew who is almost 3 just started talking but he understood everything. My DD's daycare friend is 1mos younger than her and doesn't really speak much either; he says some things and the words he says aren't very clear. They get much better as time goes on - read lots of books with him, sing lots of songs (they learn best in sing-song) and help him with phonics.

Imani - posted on 08/24/2010

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i read somewhere that if you sing and read to your child often he learns to speak faster. My nephew was a little bit slow too but now at 6 he is the best in his class.

Madeline - posted on 08/23/2010

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dont worry my son was the same he started talking when he was 2 but didn't start talking properly from just befor he turned 3. but now he speaks non stop we were going to take our son to speach theropy if he wasn't talking properly by 3. is it your first? they are usualy slower the first kid. but if you are worried try speach theropy it cant hurt. But all kids are different

Lisa - posted on 08/23/2010

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Baby signs....teach your child simple sign language. It will help them get their wants out and decreases frustration. It is also supposed to foster speech.

Nicole - posted on 08/23/2010

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i also have a 2 year old who only says a few words and phrases! she seems to be doing ok but i also have a 7 year old who did the same thing at 2 and now she is in speech classes at school has been since kindergarden. she does really well with her speech now and this should be her last year having to take them classes

Jennifer - posted on 08/23/2010

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My 5 yr old had speech problems and we started speech therapy with him where a therapist would come to our home and work with him once a week and that last til he was 3 then they helped me get him into prek programs and right now he is in Prep-k and receives speech thru his school and he is doing awesome he is behind due to behavioral issuese not speech. My 2 yr old has had different therapists working with him since he was 9 months old and one of which is speech and he has progresses so much but he still cant say alot of words but with his therapists help and our work here at home im confident he will do just fine. I really dont think they will be behind due to speech problems most schools offer speech and work with them. I would definately get a speech therapist best thing i ever did for my boys. Good luck with everything

Christina - posted on 08/22/2010

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Im not a Dr so i can't say 100% But i will tell you that my son talked way before he turned the age of one then beween 15-18moms he stoped 100% and then just made sounds he started talking at age 3 1/2 they tested his ears they was fine they had no clue why he waited so long to talk , But anyway once he started talking his speach was very hard to understand , it didn't hold him back tho there are schools and programs that can get your son in , get him out there and give him the head start that he needs , My son is now 7 his speach is alot better but he has been in speach therapy threw the school he goes too witch is just a reg school he has been in that since kindergarden they didn't put him in it in preschool bc it was 1/2 day Now i have a whole new fight on my hands my son is going in to the 2md grade and can't read or spell Im fighting to get him tested for Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), also known as (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder ((CAPD) is an umbrella term for a variety of disorders that affect the way the brain processes auditory information. It is not a sensory (inner ear) hearing impairment; individuals with APD usually have normal peripheral hearing ability. However, they cannot process the information they hear in the same way as others do, which leads to difficulties in recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially the sounds composing speech.[1] )))))))))) AND ALL i did to find out about this was goggle it ( my son can't read or spell " ) and bam it poped up , now i know when i tell him to do something he thinks i said something that i didn't and if he repeats words they sound nothing like it , so hunt for any and all programs such as parents as teachers early headstart head start keep your selfs out there to make sure he doesnt fall under the rug so to say and watch him when hes in school now that u know about this APD you can get him the help that i had to do on my own just watch how he learns he might be fine and i pray thats it some kids do just do that bc theres nothing to say so they don't talk others there is a prob i know this was long but i hope it helps its been along road for me and if i can make somebody else road shorter that im glad :) Chrissy in Ks :)

Marisa - posted on 08/22/2010

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My son has a speech delay due to lots of ear issues. He went through the early intervention program, which worked wonders for him and it is free. Once he reached 3 yrs old, we had him tested and he now receives services through the intermediate unit in our county, which is also free. These services are great and really do work. He went from at 2 not being able to say more than 1-2 words to at 3 having a vocabulary and comprehension of a > 4 years old. He only qualified for services at three for a lateral lisp and a couple of letter sounds, other than that, he is great. I highly recommend these services.

Thelma - posted on 08/22/2010

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My son is 19 months old and he has not yet said his first word. He has a syndrome that causes developmental delay. Blake goes to speech therapy once a week. He would go more but he goes to other therapies six times a week so he isn't able to. Speech therapy really works for him. He has started making sounds and he understands what you say by the reaction he gives. He is even starting sign some. I think you should give speech a try.

Lisa - posted on 08/21/2010

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don't worry. my son turned 2 in June, only says a handful if that of words. my pediatrician said he is still young. we do have someone come to the house for speech twice a month and i can see a difference. most people say he is still young and don't worry...i'm not and neither should you. good luck

Zita - posted on 08/20/2010

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I am curious, is your son just turned 2 or nearer to 3? Reason I am asking is that we have 5 kids, our youngest will be 2 in September. She is not talking a lot yet but we are not worried. Some times kids are slower to talk and then all of a sudden they just talk and never stop! lol We always talk with her, sing to her etc and we know she is taking it all in. All our kids spoke at different ages, developed differently and are all doing great. Your local school should be able to help you out with speech therapy, they are the experts who will be able to tell you their expert opinion on your son. Don't worry he will be fine. He is lucky to have a mom like you who sees that there may be an issue and is doing something about it. Let us know how he gets on! Don't worry he is very young yet, he will be fine in school I am sure!!

Tani - posted on 08/20/2010

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Oooh, An idea, which my girl started herself.... Is your boy endlessly fasinated on anything, animals, vehicles, that sorta thing??
Give him words for them, read books on that topic, and every now and then go off on a tangent and talk about something else. Whenever he changes his favorite topic, do the same thing for that, help him talk about it endlessly. It may drive you nuts, but it'll all help.

Tani - posted on 08/20/2010

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Do you read to him much, also keep singing to him as well. He may not reciprocate, but he WILL be taking it in. Do you have anything like early intervention available to you. Yet another thing is has his hearing been tested??? Do what you can for your little one and then you can say, I am doing the best by him. Another idea is seeing a peadiatritian for any underlying reasons.
My daughter has been doing speech therapy for about a year and a half now, And I tell you what, it was the best thing I did. Our speech therapist comes to our house (Where my daughter is most comfy) and does activities with her. Then her and I discuss what activities I can do with her to teach her. Its a team effort.
Good luck and I hope I helped

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