21 month old speech concern

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My daughter will be 21 months on the 22nd and seems in my opinion to be speech delayed. She knows words be/c she follows instructions and does things on command when told i.e: pick up the books and put them on your book shelf, get your shoes, throw this away in the garbage, get your ball etc.... but she is not using any words other than Momma, Dada, Yes, No, hot, eat-eat, said ball a few times and bubbles a few times but not on a regular basis. She doesn't ask for cookie, cup, juice, snack.... I taught her signs for a few words starting at 6 mo's and she would sign for a long time but now she isn't signing anymore for one I've tried to get her away from it to go towards speaking and she will go point to her snack cabinet and try to go do and get things for herself. The other day my husband was eating something and she walked over and said "give me some" and we were in complete shock b/c she really hardly uses words. So I know she "knows" words just getting her to "use" them is the problem. I have limited TV, we read books and do puzzles daily and she does well matching the puzzles correctly also plays online games on my laptop on Fisher Price.com where she chooses what animal makes the sound played and she does a great job. My concern is not developmental, it's with the speech and using words. I am a former pre-school teacher so I teach her as if I were still in the pre-school setting...lol
We have spoke to a speech intervention coordinator and she is scheduled for her next visit on the 28th. I would like any tips or experiences you all may have to share. Thanks

Melissa
"Mommy of 2 wonderful Girls, Wife of a Marine & child of God doing the best I can!"

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Heather - posted on 10/21/2009

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My daughter has the same issue. When she went in for her 2 year checkup, the doctor referred us to a speech therapist. Our insurance paid for the evaluation, but is not paying for therapy. The person who did the evaluation said this is normally the case so she gave us lots of tips to help our daughter.

1) Be sing songy with words that are 2 syllables.

2) If she can;t say words like bubble for instance, then get her to say bubu or something close. This helps them at least get on the right track.

My daughter always played the point at everything game when she wanted something so the therapist suggested

3) taking pictures of things she often wanted (cup, banana etc) and having her point at exactly what she wants and us saying that it is.



We are currently looking at other options for therapy since insurance won't do it if it's not a developmental type of issue. There are 2 universities here I am looking at who might offer programs because students need real case studies.

A friend of my partner's at work had the same issue with his son and what they told him is that his son is a mouth breather and for mouth breathers, the tongue rest at the bottom of the mouth and it makes it hader to form words. For nose breathers, the tongue rest on the roof of your mouth. Now, after 6 months of therapy, his son is talking up a storm.



My daughter's speech has improved a lot since implementing the tips the therapist told us about.



Good luck!

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Ashleigh - posted on 11/02/2009

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My son has always had a studder. I was hoping that he would just grow out of it and in a way he did, yet in a way it got worse. Now he is going to a speech class through the local school district and it is free of charge. I don't know how young they start taking children for the program, but it might be something to think about.

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She has picked up quit a few words in the past week so I am not as concerned as before but am still using the resources available. Better to be safe that sorry! Thank you all for commenting! I really appreciate all of the input.

Michelle - posted on 10/22/2009

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Quoting Krystal:

I have found that if you act like you dont know what they want then they will most likely try to tell you. also everytime you go to give her an object make her say it before she gets it. it sounds to me like she is smart and has figured out why talk if you dont need to. why should she talk if all she has to do is point and get something?



you make a good point here, my son is 18 monhts, and knows axactly what he wants, and he can talk, because ive her him talking in his room when he is playing on his own!!! (imaginary friend i think lol) but as you said, why talk when he doesnt have to??



just give it some time and im sure your daughter will pick it up, it helps if you pretend thet you dont  know what it is she is after, and try to get her to tell you what it is she wants, its working so far with dj!! so fingers crossed hunni xxxx

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I have found that if you act like you dont know what they want then they will most likely try to tell you. also everytime you go to give her an object make her say it before she gets it. it sounds to me like she is smart and has figured out why talk if you dont need to. why should she talk if all she has to do is point and get something?

Traci-Lee - posted on 10/21/2009

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get her around more kids er age that are talking already when she sees this she may want to be more like them and fit in and start talking as well i know it is such a young age for her to want to fit in so to speak but it has worked for me and it is what my sons doctor told me to do for him. when they see the other chidren doing things that they dont normaly do they do it themselves. so if she knows how to talk she is just being stubborn and other children her age may be able o help her out of it

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