my son turns 2 in september and he only says about 10 words like ball, hat, mom, uh oh and other simple words. should i be worried?

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Dianne - posted on 07/10/2012

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My son turns 2 in October and he says about 5 words only. I would not be too concerned. When my now 4 yr old was that age he was the same and I thought he was hard of hearing because everyone else's child could say so much more. By the time he was two and a half he was a chatterbox and still is :) I think all children are just different and we as parents tend to compare. Hang ten until just after he turns 2 and see. It is amazing how suddenly they start to string the simple words into sentences.
If there was a hearing problem you would have picked it up already. The fact that he understands you and communicates the 10 words already means that his hearing is perfectly fine.....

Amy - posted on 07/09/2012

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My daughter only said about 10-15 words when she turned 2. We had her evaluated when she was19 months old and they said that although she didn't actually say much her comprehension was amazing so they didn't worry. At her 2 year appointment the doctor expressed some concerns because at 2 they should be stringing words together, 50% of the words they say should be understandable to others who aren't around her all the time, and they should be able to say 50 words. But again he wasn't too concerned because she understands everything, and she could sign 20-30 words so that counts as language even though it isn't spoken. He told me to go home and write on the calendar 3 months from that appointment and if she wasn't drastically better to call Birth to 3 and have her reassessed. Well it's been 3 months and she is speaking sentences now, everyone understands her and she knows way more than 50 words. If you are concerned you should have your son evaluated, even if they say he's fine they give you a whole write up on what you can do to try and develop their spoken language.

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Amanda - posted on 09/04/2012

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My son is almost three. When he was 1.5 he only said about five words. As he neared 2 he began to say more words. Now, he speaks fairly clearly, speaks in sentences, and grows his vocabulary regularly. I don't think you need to worry, but if you are, and you are in the US there should be a free service to have your child tested for speech delay.

Cleaver - posted on 07/09/2012

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mine does this too but i think theres a problem with his hearing i think. my CLSC nurse told me that talking is the most common thing for kids to be behind in. when i think somethigns wrong i google it and usually end up feeling better

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