16 months and not really talking?

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Tina - posted on 01/02/2010

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Show me the kid that speaks full sentences at this age! He is doing just fine. Make it a point to have him watch you sound out words...that been huge for us...but my daughter is 18 months and even a day makes a huge difference in the amount of words spoken! Keep up the good work.

Donna - posted on 01/02/2010

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My daughter was over 2 years old before she began to start talking more. We took her to a speach therapist who told me that she was 6 months behind in her development and recommended different techniques to encourage her to talk. She said that when you talk to her, to use the main words of a sentence or very short sentences. For example 'do you want that?' say 'want that?' She also recommended to constantly repeat words and if you could, bend down so you were looking into your child's face and say words. The reasoning behind this was so your child can watch your lips move as you said the words. This way, your child can mimic the lip movement too. (I tried this technique but it didn't work for me. My daughter can't sit still long enough for her to notice).
Our daughter would get very frusturated because she couldn't say what she wanted. But once we started the techniques, we saw a big difference within a couple months. Today, she isn't perfect but she can now say whole sentences and count to ten!
Donna

Betsy - posted on 12/30/2009

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my daughter at 18 months wasn't saying really anything. she certainly couln't communicate with anyone but me what her wants were. by a little over 2 she could communicate her needs to others and I felt comfortable putting her in school. (she started a montessori at 27 months. don't fret. alot will happen in the next 7 months. my daughter is so much different just from turning 3 to now 3.5.

Sheri - posted on 12/30/2009

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My son doesn't talk yet either, I'm in this program called "help Me grow" and it a nurse/teacher who comes out and show and help with your kids and she said that it might because he is problem working on something else like "Gross Motors skills" or other skills. My son is a "Gross Motors" kids because he started walking at age 9 months, climbing the stairs at 10 months and started to run at 12 months. He only say mama, dada, no, yes, kitty, doggy.

If you are really worried talk to your doctor. Also try when you give him something like a ball, you say ball and then give him the ball. You have to be constant, by saying everything you give him because that is how they learn is from you.

P.S. The lady who comes to my house from help me grow also say that he might just not talk because we make it to easy for him, example: My son points to like his sippy cup and I go and get him more juice or milk. Or he points to the french fries on the table and i give him one. I just started that telling him what it is that he is point to thing, he is getting the hang of it he is trying to say the words but he rather climb then talk, ha ha.

Sorry for the long respond.

I hope it help.

Sheri Schreiber

Christine - posted on 12/29/2009

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My son was also assessed for Autism (it probably doesn't help that I am a special education teacher, so I know all of the 'signs'). In addition, you can try to work with BabySign (SigningTime with Alex and Leah). Another thing that they will look for is how well he understands what you are trying to tell him. My son was understanding at the level of an almost 4 year old, and was speaking at the level of a 13 month old. Now...he is a chatterbox...

Kelly - posted on 12/29/2009

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Quoting Christine:

If you are worried about it, I would talk to your pediatrician. And when your ped says "he is fine" (because they all do)...take it further. If you are really worried about it! Begin by going to the regional center in your state. They are an organization that provides services to young children (speech included). My 4 year old went through IRC (in CA that is the organization) when he was 2 and a half. They will provide him with a full assessment, and if he qualifies, will send someone to your house to work with him. If you wait until he is 3, and it is still a problem, he will go through your school district. I know that everyone else will say don't worry about it...but if you ARE worried about it...ACT ON IT! you are his mom! If you have any questions, contact me....


In Nevada it called "Nevada Early Intervention Services" or "NEIS". My son is also going through the program. For a while they were testing him trying to rule out autism which was an earlier concern. He was approved for treatment at 14 months, he did not even start walking until 16 months. I worried for so long and then it was like a month ago the "light bulb" clicked on for him and he is trying more now than ever to talk and communicate. He has 20 words and he is understanding SO much more and the autism scare is now obsolete. However I will say with absolute certainty that had it not been for 1. Educating myself on how to better commuicate with toddlers (their communication style is nothing like an adults and it takes some learning) and 2. With the help of his therapists, he may not have come so far. I totally agree that you have to act on your instincts. I did when everyone else thought I was crazy and fought me... even my husband. Now my son knows his shapes, colors, animals and their sounds, body parts, and colors. It's amazing how far they can come when you yourself learn the simplified way of communicating that they need. I HIGHLY recommend the book "It Takes Two To Talk". That book single handedly changed my interactions with my son and truly helped me to help him get on track. You and only you are your childs advocate and while he is MORE than more than likely absolutely fine..... I would never presume to say relax and don't worry.. if you invest time and he's fine, then you really haven't lost anything, however if you wait and later if there is a problem where early intervention would have otherwise fixed it... now you've lost a lot. Only you can decide what to do but remember that you can't get time back and often problems are minor so long as they are caught and treated early.

Christine - posted on 12/28/2009

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If you are worried about it, I would talk to your pediatrician. And when your ped says "he is fine" (because they all do)...take it further. If you are really worried about it! Begin by going to the regional center in your state. They are an organization that provides services to young children (speech included). My 4 year old went through IRC (in CA that is the organization) when he was 2 and a half. They will provide him with a full assessment, and if he qualifies, will send someone to your house to work with him. If you wait until he is 3, and it is still a problem, he will go through your school district. I know that everyone else will say don't worry about it...but if you ARE worried about it...ACT ON IT! you are his mom! If you have any questions, contact me....

Sarah - posted on 12/28/2009

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my son was born 31 of july 2008 so is 16 months to
all he can say is mum, dad, dan, no, na, whats that
the rest is just sounds so dont worrie i been told my sons fine

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My son is just like Lauricia's. At 22 months he says, "Hi" "Mama" "Cheese" "Yay!" "Bye bye" and ... "Belly button"
I would worry - except he can say Bellybutton! clear as a bell! he will obviously start saying more when he is ready, and not a moment before. Each child is so different.

When in doubt though - always refer back to your pediatrician.

Amira - posted on 12/20/2009

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even i hav a same problem, my son is now 18 mnths old but didn really speaks...one more thng i hav thnking that girls r more talktive then boyss and thats the reason that girls started talking early then boys.

Adrienne - posted on 12/19/2009

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I was in the same boat for my oldest who will be 2 1/2 on boxing day. He now is talking more and saying small sentences. One that surprised us the other day was : he was plugging his nose saying Daddy it's stinky in here and then he says I farted to Daddy. He has never said anything like that to me before. I even asked the doctor about the talking when my son was 16 months old he said because my son's problem solving and motor skills are off the charts for his age it's normal for him to be behind in something example talking. Also the doctor said when he turns three and still not talking to much then we might have to look into more.

Cathy - posted on 12/18/2009

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THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR CALMING MY NERVES ABOUT MY SON. I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL YOUR HELP!

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my youngest is 2 and a half. didn't really begin talking tell recently. Took her to doctor and he said, she is just one that will talk when she is ready. Now is is saying more and more each day. Probable the same with you son. when he's ready!

Lauricia - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son didn't talk much until he was about 2 and a half (my third child). I thought he was a lot slower than the others, but now (only about 3 months later) he explains everything in full sentences. I think it's just a personality thing--he probably spends more time observing and doesn't do things until he feels sure--it was the same with walking.



Anyway, for 16 months, it sounds to me like your son is doing exactly what he should be.

Racheal - posted on 12/18/2009

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you know dont worry about it...my daughter said a few words and then she hit two years old and it was like something turned on and she just started talking alot and now she wont stop talking...everything happens in its own time

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