How do I help her learn to talk?

Elizabeth - posted on 08/31/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 17 month old still hasn't really said any words. Her pediatrician said if she doesn't have several words by next month's visit, we will be referred to speech therapy! I talk to her all the time, telling her names of objects, what they do, what I'm doing, and reading to her. I don't know what else to do. I mean, of course I'll take her to therapy if I must, but I feel like if I can get her started talking it will just explode from there. She does babble a bit and make noises, her hearing is great, she recognizes objects by name, she just won't speak!

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My son didn't talk really until he was almost two. He was about 18 months old and he only knew two words, "Hi" and "mom". And then one day he said, "Bellybutton" clear as a bell. And I stopped worrying about him and knew it was only a matter of him desiring to talk and not a "problem"

If your daughter is referred to a specialist, it is GREAT that she is getting help at such a young age. A friend of mine had twins who were going to speech therapy. They had to do things like drink milkshakes from a straw to teach their tongues how to curve in order to make the right sounds. So just follow up with your pediatrician. In the grand scheme of things, this is really non issue and easily fixed.

And keep talking to her, and reading to her. Also if you know babysign, do that with her. While she is refusing to talk, many children, my own quiet boy included, enjoy communicating via sign. And when my little guy finally decided to start talking, it was in complete sentences.

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Amber - posted on 09/19/2010

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try asking her to say things, like say "can you say ___?".. That's what I did with my daughter, I don't know if thats what made her start talking but I did it a lot lol. She said her first word at 12 months and has been talking perfectly since about 2.. My cousin's daughter still can't talk and she is almost 3 years old! She says a few words but that's it.. Some kids just take longer than others, She will talk when she's ready though :) don't worry about it so much.

Jenee - posted on 09/02/2010

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I can't seem to understand why doctors send children to Speech therapist so early. All children are different and develop at their own rate. My son is 22 months old and doesn't say much. Our doctor has never brought up a speech therapist. They will talk when they are ready. My grandmother tells me the story of my uncle all the time. He didn't start talking till he was almost 3 and was never sent to a doctor.

Jenni - posted on 09/01/2010

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That's a little strange that ur pediatrician would be concerned about it. I'm sure speech theropy never hurts though. My son said his first word at 12 months "juice" it started out clear as day but than regressed to "juiey" than to "ju" and when he was 18 months i couldn't even recognize the word any more. Until he was around 21 or 22 months he maybe only used 5-10 words regularly. We also read alot and he was able to point out hundreds of pictures and objects. I read that by 2 years that they should be able to say a couple hundred words and form short sentences. I thought, NO WAY... my son is so far behind. I was considering speech theropy myself. Then all of a sudden at 22 months all the words started pouring out. He was saying 5 new words a day. He started pointing at the pictures in his picture books and could say nearly all of them (including difficult ones like 'lawnmower'). And then the sentences started coming. By 24 months he WAS saying a couple hundred words and forming sentences he also could say and point to almost all his letters. Now at 25 months he can count to ten, knows most of his shapes, knows his alphabet and yammers on all day. It's kinda like from 12-22 months he was just absorbing everything and then it all came pouring out at once.
If you want to go ahead with the speech theropy it definitely wont hurt. But i wouldn't be worried at this point that there's something wrong.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/01/2010

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L G - I don't think so because her only babbles are still bababababa, dadadadadada, and mamamama. She doesn't even pause, just keeps going like the energizer bunny!

Elizabeth - posted on 09/01/2010

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Emily - I've tried that but she refuses to mimic me. She just won't even try. I've even tried holding what she really wanted and refusing to give it to her unless she said the word (obviously if its food or drink you can't let them starve or dehydrate, but if she wanted a certain one and wouldn't say it I'd give something else)

L - posted on 09/01/2010

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I wonder if you're being too helpful. I find I do that alot with my kiddo. He's only saying a bunch of half words because I guess at what his babbles mean too often.

Emily - posted on 09/01/2010

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we love to play what is that I say what is that and they lable the thing started with mIckey mouse books try stickers or rewards when she does talk she probaly is a really absorbed child needed to have more time to think but she will talk soon

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